Red Wings fall to Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2

Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek, right, helps goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy defend the goal from Red Wings center Riley Sheahan during the second period Monday in Detroit. (AP photo)

By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — Nikita Kucherov scored his second goal of the game with 18:13 remaining in the third period, lifting the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.
Tyler Johnson also scored for the Lightning, who now have the NHL’s top record after winning their fourth game in a row. Justin Abdelkader and Mike Green scored in the second period to help Detroit erase a 2-0 deficit, but Kucherov broke the tie early in the third.
Johnson opened the scoring with a short-handed goal in the first period.
Abdelkader’s goal came after some extensive deliberation by the officials. He was hooked from behind by Victor Hedman on a breakaway, but he was able to get a shot off. Andrei Vasilevskiy made the save, and Abdelkader went sliding into him. Detroit’s Darren Helm, who was trailing the play, put the rebound into the net.
After a review, officials took the goal away, ruling that Abdelkader had interfered with the goalie. After additional discussion, Abdelkader was given a penalty shot, which he converted.