Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Killorn scored the winning goal halfway through the third period as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Detroit Red Wings, 3-1, in an Atlantic Division battle on Friday.
Anton Stralman and Steven Stamkos each had a goal and Ben Bishop posted 30 stops for the Lightning, who have won their past two and now trail Montreal by two points for first place in the Atlantic Division and first overall in the Eastern Conference.
"I thought the guys got stronger as the night went on," said Bishop. "This was a big two points for us tonight because these guys are chasing us and we needed the win."
Tomas Tatar scored the only goal of the game for the Red Wings, who sit eight points back of Tampa Bay for second in the division but do have two games in hand. Jimmy Howard allowed two goals on 31 shots in the loss.
"I think it's encouraging because we played a real good game," said Howard. "The last couple of games we got off to bad starts, but we were in this one the whole time."
The game was tied when Tampa went on top as Jonathan Drouin skated down the right wing and left a drop pass for Victor Hedman, who snapped it over to the slot where Killorn wristed it home with 9:29 to play.
Detroit pulled Howard with just over two minutes to play, but Stamkos beat Niklas Kronwall in a foot race and chipped the puck into the open net with 28 seconds to play to seal the win.
After a scoreless first period, Tampa went on top 1:22 into the second period when Hedman sent a shot on net from the left point and Stralman buried the rebound for his seventh of the season.
The Red Wings, though, answered at 6:57 of the second on the power play when Tatar pushed the puck into the net during a scramble in front for his 26th of the season.
Tampa Bay hosts Boston on Sunday ... Detroit, which has dropped four of five, hosts St. Louis on Sunday ... Tampa forward Ondrej Palat returned to play after a three-game absence due to a foot injury and had two assists ... Detroit was 1-for-3 on the power play while Tampa went 0-for-3.