New Jersey at Tampa Bay

Zubrus' four goals match team record as Devils cruise

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Dainius Zubrus had one of the best offensive games in New Jersey Devils history.

Zubrus tied a team record with four goals to help New Jersey win its season-high fourth consecutive game, 7-3 over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.

"I had chances," Zubrus said. "Since I've played with Brian Gionta and Patrik Elias, I've had more chances than I had before. They just started going in."

Zubrus, who entered with two goals this season, completed his four-goal effort in the third with a breakaway goal at 7:22 and on a shot from the slot with 5:22 left to play.

"He played a heck of a game," Devils coach Brent Sutter said. "Just not the goals he scored, but he was very good down low and in our zone. Very strong. Very solid."

Mike Rupp, Zach Parise and Gionta had the other New Jersey goals. Elias had three assist, all coming on Zubrus goals.

"You know what? We're playing hockey," Sutter said. "It's going from our dressing room right on to the bench and out onto the ice. We're getting contributions from everybody. Everyone is just doing their job and playing a sound team game, and that's really important and they're being rewarded for it.

Radim Vrbata, Martin St. Louis and Ryan Malone scored for the Lightning, who are 1-1-2 under interim coach Rick Tocchet.

"Pretty bad effort," Tocchet said. "A dud."

Lightning starting goalie Mike Smith didn't play due to an undisclosed lower-body injury. Olaf Kolzig replaced Smith, who is day to day.

Rupp put the Devils up 1-0 at 1:44 of the first on a nifty redirection from the left circle, which snapped a personal 19-game goal-scoring drought.

Parise made it 2-0 from the top of the left circle during a delayed penalty call with 2:23 left in the first.

Zubrus extended the New Jersey lead to 3-0 when he scored his first goal in 11 games at 1:58 of the second. His second goal of the game, coming 2 minutes, 36 seconds later, gave the Devils a four-goal advantage.

Kolzig, who received little support from his teammates, was pulled and replaced by Karri Ramo after Gionta scored to make it 5-0 with 8:21 left in the second.

"There wasn't a lot of grit in front of him," Tocchet said.

Kolzig gave up five goals on 28 shots.

"I definitely needed to be better," Kolzig said. "No question, three goals I should have had. I really can't speak for anybody else because of the way I played."

The Lightning battled back after the goalie switch, scoring three quick goals. After goals by Vrbata (13:08) and St. Louis (14:40), Malone cut the Lightning deficit to 5-3 by beating Devils goalie Scott Clemmensen on a penalty shot with 3:18 left in the second.

"We take a huge step back," St. Louis said. "It's really disappointing."

Notes

  • Gionta has scored a goal in four consecutive games.
  • Tampa Bay recalled Ramo and D Jamie Heward from Norfolk of the AHL.
  • Devils C John Madden (left foot) missed his second game in a row. He is day to day.
  • New Jersey D Mike Mottau served the first game of a two-game suspension for elbowing New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen on Friday.
  • The Devils recalled D Jay Leach from Lowell of the AHL.
  • St. Louis' second-period goal gave him 500 points with Tampa Bay.
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Dainius Zubrus (center) is the Devil of the day, scoring a team-record four goals in the win.  (Getty Images)
Dainius Zubrus (center) is the Devil of the day, scoring a team-record four goals in the win. (Getty Images)
Scoreboard
New Jersey  (11-7-2) «2327
Tampa Bay (6-8-6)0303
Three Stars
D. Zubrus
NJ


Goals: 4
Assist(s): 0
P. Elias
NJ


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3
Z. Parise
NJ


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:44Mike Rupp (1), Tip-In. Assist: Salmela, Clarkson
17:37Zach Parise (12), Slap Shot. Assist: Leach, Salmela
2ND PERIOD
01:58Dainius Zubrus (3), Snap Shot. Assist: Langenbrunner, Martin
04:34Dainius Zubrus (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Elias, White
11:39Brian Gionta (6), Slap Shot, Unassisted.
13:08Radim Vrbata (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Prospal, Craig
14:40Martin St. Louis (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Lecavalier
16:42Ryan Malone (4), Penalty Shot, Unassisted.
3RD PERIOD
07:21Dainius Zubrus (5), Backhand Shot. Assist: Elias
14:38Dainius Zubrus (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Gionta, Elias
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1ST PERIOD
19:06Meszaros, 2 min, Holding
2ND PERIOD
04:51White, 2 min, Tripping
08:58Salvador, 2 min, Hooking
13:46Artyukhin, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
14:25Zajac, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
3RD PERIOD
15:25Salmela, 2 min, Holding
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New Jersey15161445
Tampa Bay6131029
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GoalieMINSSGA
Scott Clemmensen59:50263
Olaf Kolzig31:39235
Karri Ramo28:21152
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
New Jersey0-for-2
Tampa Bay0-for-4
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Referees - Kelly Sutherland, Dennis LaRue
Linesmen - Derek Amell, Tim Nowak
 
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