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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, December 05, 2018 1:00 am

Tampa Bay 6 Detroit 5

Lightning spoil Nielsen hat trick

PAUL HARRIS | Associated Press

DETROIT – Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman scored in a shootout to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 6-5 comeback victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

The Lightning, who have won seven of eight, erased a 5-3 deficit in the third period and overcame Frans Nielsen's hat trick.

Mathieu Joseph had two goals and an assist for Tampa Bay. Steven Stamkos, J.T. Miller and Cedric Paquette also scored.

Ryan Callahan had two assists and Edward Pasquale made 19 saves to win his NHL debut.

Nielsen scored three times for his second career hat trick. Gustav Nyquist scored twice, plus a shootout goal. Andreas Athanasiou and Dylan Larkin had two assists apiece, and Jimmy Howard made 30 saves for Detroit.

Paquette's short-handed goal with 5:02 left tied it at 5. It was his seventh goal.

The Red Wings led 4-3 after two and Nyquist's second goal of the game, 4:06 into the third, made it 5-3. It was Nyquist's sixth goal.

Nielsen completed his hat trick with 3:34 left in the second to break a 3-all tie with his fourth goal.

Joseph scored twice in the second to give him eight goals this season, and Stamkos got his 10th.

Nielsen scored his second of the game 6:27 into the middle period.

Detroit took a 2-0 lead with goals 21 seconds apart in the first. Nyquist opened the scoring with 3:06 left, and Nielsen scored with 2:45 remaining in the first.

Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser left after the second period with an upper-body injury.

Tampa Bay was playing the second of back-to-back games after beating New Jersey 5-1 on Monday.