Tampa Bay holds on to overall points lead


DETROIT (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning clinched a division title
and the Detroit Red Wings got a player back from injury but
might have lost another.

Fredrik Modin's goal with 7:39 left in regulation lifted Tampa
Bay to a 1-1 tie with Detroit on Monday night in a matchup of the
top two teams in the NHL.

The Lightning, the Eastern Conference leaders with 91 points, assured their second consecutive Southeast Division title.

"It's another stepping stone," said Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis. "We've got to keep going in the same direction."

Detroit leads the West with 90 points. Tomas Holmstrom scored
for Detroit.

Detroit defenseman Derian Hatcher, signed away from Dallas
before this season, returned to the lineup for the first time since
tearing a knee ligament in the third game of the season.

"I was trying to do some things, just not too much," said
Hatcher, who played 15 minutes, 43 seconds and was plus-1. "But
not too much. I didn't want to hurt myself."

He missed 64 games.

But the Red Wings might have lost another key player. Center
Robert Lang, acquired from Washington on Feb. 27, didn't play in
the third period. Lang is two points behind St. Louis for the NHL
scoring lead.

"He's going for X-rays, an upper body injury," coach Dave
Lewis said. "We'll know more tomorrow."

He said Lang was injured in the first period on a hit Lewis
didn't see. Lang left the game with 2:20 remaining in the second

Detroit recently lost centers Kris Draper (shoulder) and Pavel Datsyuk (ankle). The team has been hampered by injuries all season. At one point in November, 10 regulars were out with injuries.

Both Detroit's Manny Legace and Nikolai Khabibulin of Tampa Bay
made several outstanding saves. Legace finished with 37 saves, and
Khabibulin stopped 28 shots.

Legace made the two biggest saves of the game back-to-back.

They came about eight minutes into the third period on a three-on-one rush. He dived across the net to make a stop on St. Louis' one-timer from the slot, which came off a pass from Vincent Lecavalier.

The rebound went directly to Ruslan Fedotenko at the bottom of
the right circle. He also drilled a one-timer at the net, but
Legace dived out again and caught it in his glove.

"He was tremendous," Modin said. "He made some really nice
saves at key times of the game."

Khabibulin made a nice glove save on Nicklas Lidstrom from the
slot with 14.2 seconds remaining in regulation.

"Hobby made a tough stop coming down, on Lidstrom," Modin

Holmstrom gave Detroit a 1-0 lead with 4:41 remaining in the
second period when he split the defensive pairing of Brad Lukowich
and Dan Boyle and beat Khabibulin high on the glove side as he was
being pulled down by both defensemen.

Modin swatted in a loose puck from the crease to tie it.

Game notes
The Lightning are owned by Bill Davidson, who lives in the
Detroit area and owns the NBA Pistons. ... Holmstrom had gone 10 games
without a goal and seven games without a point. ... Tampa Bay's
Cory Stillman had an assist and has five goals and 11 assists in
his last 11 games.