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Sunday, March 30th (All times Eastern)

Tampa Bay Lightning (41-24-9) at Detroit Red Wings (34-26-14), 5 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Coming off a much-needed victory, the Detroit Red Wings try to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning for the first time this season as the Atlantic Division rivals wrap their series on Sunday evening.

This is the fifth and final meeting this season between the clubs barring a postseason matchup. The Lightning have won the first four, taking the initial two beyond regulation.

Tampa Bay came into the season 1-13-0 with a tie all-time in Detroit, but has won twice in Motown this season.

Fighting for one of the two wild card spots in the Eastern Conference, the Red Wings snapped a three-game slide with a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. Darren Helm sparked the victory with his first career hat trick.

Jimmy Howard added 25 saves and Gustav Nyquist pushed his point streak to eight straight games with a goal. He has 10 goals and two assists over his run.

"We weren't happy with the last couple games, especially our starts. I thought we had an okay one tonight," Howard said.

The victory caused a little separation in the playoff race. The Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets are tied for the two wild card bids with 80 points each and eight games to play.

The Washington Capitals and Maple Leafs are both two points back. The Caps have eight games to play as well, while the Leafs have just six games remaining.

The Red Wings are a distant nine points behind the third-place Tampa Bay Lightning, who have gone 7-0-4 in their past 11 games. The Bolts sit two points back of the Montreal Canadiens for second place in the division.

The Bolts also were in action on Saturday when they posted a 4-3 overtime victory against the Buffalo Sabres. Steven Stamkos scored the winner 1:53 into the extra frame to atone for an earlier mistake.

Stamkos had two goals and an assist in the win, but also put the puck into his own net during a delayed penalty. He tried to send a pass back to the blue line, but missed his target as the puck slid into the Lightning net to give the Sabres a short-lived lead.

"I've seen it a couple times, never live," Stamkos said. "You see it on the highlights. I'm sure I'll make them now in the un-top 10, but as soon as it went over our [defenseman's] stick I knew it had a pretty good chance to go in."

Ryan Callahan and Alex Killorn finished with a goal apiece for the Lightning, winners in seven of their last nine games. Ben Bishop allowed two goals on 28 shots in the win.

Callahan has logged five goals and 12 points since being acquired from the New York Rangers in exchange for Martin St. Louis, while Stamkos has been able to total 23 goals and 36 points in just 29 games on the season.

03/30 10:20:25 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
BRK 91
CHA 115
 
Final
DUKE 94
WAKE 51
 
Final
LOS 4
CWS 6
 
Final
CLE 4
CIN 2
 
Final
TEX 2
KAN 13
 
Final
SFG 2
OAK 9
 
Final
SEA 4
SDP 3
 
Final
MIL 8
WMIL 0
 
Final
COL 3
ARI 6
 
Final
MIN 3
UMIN 1
 
Final
IND 105
NYK 82
 
Final
ORL 100
PHO 105
 
Final
BRK 91
CHA 115
 
Final
TOR 112
CLE 120
 
Final
BOS 85
UTA 84
 
Final
MIN 85
DEN 100
Final
NOP 88
DET 85
 
Final
MIA 100
LAL 94
 
Final
HOU 100
MEM 102
Final
OKC 123
PHI 118
 
Final
SAN 112
SAC 85
 
2nd
GSW 46
MIL 38
 
2nd
LAC 42
POR 42
 
Final
UNCA 80
LIB 70
 
Final
PSU 67
OSU 77
 
Final
USB 62
BING 57
 
Final
FORD 66
DUQ 81
 
Final
GMAS 51
GWU 67
 
Final
UNH 67
HART 63
 
Final
STJOE 55
LAS 50
 
Final
Terriers 79
LIU 70
 
Final
GTDNS 83
MAINE 66
 
Final
LOU 59
ND 71
Final
SHU 66
PROV 79
Final
BRY 91
SHU 85
 
Final
MORE 79
SEMIZ 74
Final
MNTER 58
RFLSH 73
 
Final
LSU 63
TENN 78
Final
SFLA 74
UCF 45
 
Final
VERM 66
UMBC 39
 
Final
RMU 91
WAGN 68
 
Final
UMASS 53
RICH 56
 
Final
TULA 63
HOU 68
 
Final
YALE 71
HOW 62
 
Final
PITT 63
MIAMI 67
 
Final
TXPA 48
NMST 69
 
Final
MSU 72
PURD 66
 
Final
STLU 48
BONA 64
 
Final
DUKE 94
WAKE 51
 
Final
TULSA 47
CIN 56
 
Final
VANDY 66
MSST 56
 
Final
OKST 82
TCU 70
 
Final
UCLA 85
USC 74
 
Final
WYO 76
UTST 53
 
Final
MARQ 51
STJ 67
 
Final
EILL 78
SIUE 66
 
2nd
FRES 50
AFA 44
 
2nd
NEV 39
COLST 58
 
2nd
ILL 34
NEB 36
 
2nd
SJST 23
BSU 43
 
1st
ORST 16
OREG 13
 
1st
UNLV 11
SDST 14
 
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HAW
UCSB
 
Final
WIN 1
OTT 3
Final
DET 2
NYR 1
2nd
ANA 1
MON 0
 
2nd
COL 1
PIT 0