Detroit • The Tampa Bay Lightning ended almost 20 years of futility at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night.
Teddy Purcell's goal at 3:51 of overtime gave Tampa Bay a 3-2 win over Detroit.
It was the Lightning's first win in Detroit since Jan. 12, 1994. They had been 0-10-1 at Joe Louis Arena since then and had an all-time record in Detroit of 1-13-1.
"That was in the past. There a new staff, a new team," Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. "We need to win games here if we're going to have any chance of making the playoffs."
The teams are now both in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division. Ryan Malone and Steven Stamkos also scored for Tampa Bay. Ben Bishop stopped 25 shots.
"We stayed with it and it's a good feeling right now," Stamkos said.