The Red Wings were hoping to shock the NHL in Game 6 of their first-round series against Tampa Bay by eliminating the Lightning Monday at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena. That didn’t happen – the Bolts got a pair of goals from white-hot center Tyler Johnson and built up a 3-0 lead before winning 5-2 and forcing a Game 7 Wednesday – but to categorize the Lightning as the favorites to move on to the second round against Montreal is to deny the unpredictability of this series.
No team in the series has been able to win two games in a row. Each team in the series has lost two out of three games in their own building. Both teams in the series have came out with flat efforts, and both have had their captains – Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos and Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg – fail to score a single goal in six games.
If you’re sure you know what’s coming next in Game 7, I’m sure you’re fooling yourself. Read more