The Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning met for game four of the best of seven series, with the Red Wings up 2-1 in the series entering the game. After another physical battle, with lots of hits and scrambles, the Tampa Bay Lightning finally won quickly into overtime, making the series a tied 2-2 series.
The Red Wings came out to a very enthusiastic crowd, who showed their appreciation for the team early on by throwing an octopus on the ice, a Red Wings home game tradition during the playoffs. The Red Wings responded with a great first period, keeping Tampa's numbers even to theirs in the first period. The goaltenders shined in the first period, as the two teams exchanged hits quite frequently in the first. The score was 0-0 heading into the second period.
In the second period, the Red Wings took over, and completely dominated the Lightning. The Red Wings took a 1-0 lead with a goal from Gustav Nyquist, giving the Red Wings the early advantage. Every game this series has gone to the team who scored the first goal, and that would not happen again. Joakim Andersson scored the Red Wings second goal as Tampa's goaltender Ben Bishop swatted the puck out of mid air with his stick, and knocked it into the net to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead going into the third period.
In the third period, Tampa Bay took control, and scored two goals within one minute and seven seconds apart. Tyler Johnson would score first, and then Ondrej Palat scored to tie it up 2-2. The Lightning were in total control, and carried their momentum into overtime, when the Lightning's best player this series Tyler Johnson would break the tie, and complete the unlikely comeback for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who would steal home ice advantage back from the Red Wings, who now have to take either game five or game seven to win this series. Tyler Johnson's second goal of the game could be the difference in this series as the Red Wings now have to steal a game in the Amalie Arena, where Tampa Bay has been nearly unbeatable this season.
Stealing a game in Tampa even with one of the best goaltenders in the playoffs so far could be a challenge, even for the Red Wings. Tampa does have to actually win the games, and while they do have quite a large advantage going into game five Saturday afternoon, Detroit did win game one, and in these playoffs anything is possible.