The goal was Coburn's third in 79 postseason games and was set up by Ryan Callahan just under 4 minutes into the final period. Anton Stralman added an empty-net goal, his fourth career playoff goal, with 1:18 to play in the game and the Red Wings' season. This sealed Tampa Bay's first game 7 win at home since the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals against the Calgary Flames.
The Lightning move on to face the Montreal Canadiens in the second round. They will be looking for revenge after their division rival swept them in 4 games in last year's playoffs.
The Red Wings outshot the Lightning 31-17, including 14-7 in the first, but didn't really test Bishop, who recorded his first career postseason shutout. Coburn one-timed the game-winning goal from the right circle, making him the hero of game 7. This after he was acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers on March 2nd in a trade, and only scored 1 goal in 43 games with Tampa Bay in the regular season.
Detroit struggled yet again on the power play, finishing 0-for-3 on the game and 5-of-29 in the series.
The Lightning forced a game 7 in Detroit on Monday night with a 5-2 win, fueled by Tyler Johnson's third 2-goal game of the series. He had scored 2 goals in each of his team's first 3 wins. Detroit also lost defenseman Niklas Kronwall in game 6, who was suspended for Wednesday's game for his hit on Nikita Kucherov. This had the Red Wings short-handed on the road against the team with the best home record in the league, giving Tampa Bay an advantage in front of a crowd of 19,204.
The Lightning will begin the second round in Montreal on Friday night, while the Red Wings head into the offseason with the question of whether or not coach Mike Babcock will be back next season.