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scoring four times to hand the Wings a 5-4 loss. 

Madison Bowey, Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader scored for the Wings before the Lightning struck. Steven Stamkos scored his 35th goal of the season when he sent the puck in off Jimmy Howard during a power play in the second period. Nikita Kucherov scored twice to reach 35 goals on the season, and Tyler Johnson and Brayden Point also contributed goals. The Wings responded by pulling Jimmy Howard with two minutes to go and were rewarded when Michael Rasmussen scored his first goal in 17 games. 

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It was a lineup depleted by injuries/illness (Dylan Larkin, Mike Green, Jonathan Ericsson) and trades (Gustav Nyquist, Nick Jensen) that faced off against the playoff-clinched Lightning, but the Wings came out and grabbed momentum.

who came to Detroit in the Nick Jensen trade, made it 1-0 early in the first period. Christoffer Ehn had the puck in the right circle and fed it back to Bowey, who earned his first goal with the Wings on a slap shot. The Wings made it hard on themselves midway through the period when they took a too-many-men penalty and had to face a power play that operates at a league-best 32 percent on the road. But about a minute in, Helm won a puck battle in his own zone and skated up ice and beat Andrei Vasilevskiy. 

Half a Sheahan

When Abdelkader made it 3-0, 3:43 into the second period, it ended a streak of 40 games without a goal. (Riley Sheahan went 79 games without a goal to open the 2016-17 season). It’s been a poor season for Abdelkader, who isn’t producing much (six goals, 13 assists in 71 games) and isn’t playing physically. Abdelkader had 19 goals and 42 points in 2015-16, when he played with Pavel Datsyuk, but since that season Abdelkader has just 26 goals and 51 assists in 210 games. Abdelkader, 32, has four years left on a contract with a $4.25 million salary cap hit. 

his ninth and final appearance with the Wings this season (anything more would have triggered his entry-level contract). Zadina, 19, has looked markedly better than he did during exhibition season, showing progress in finding space for himself to create scoring chances. He had one goal and two assists, earning his second Thursday when he set up Rasmussen’s goal. Ideally he returns to Grand Rapids and helps them go on a long playoff run. He should come into next season’s training camp with more confidence after this audition, and if he can add a little quickness to his stride, that would help his cause.

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