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New Jersey at Tampa Bay

Devils take winning streak on road to seven straight games

CBSSports.com wire reports

TAMPA, Fla. -- The New Jersey Devils have become road warriors.

David Clarkson scored the lone shootout goal in the fourth round of the tiebreaker and the Devils extended their season-opening, road-winning streak to seven games with a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

The run at the start of the season equals the second longest in NHL history, matching Toronto (1940-41), Philadelphia (1985-86) and Detroit (2005-06). Buffalo holds the league record of 10 in a row, set at the beginning of the 2006-07 season.

"We've played pretty good the whole time on the road, but I thought we played such a tight game," Devils coach Jacques Lemaire said. "We didn't give much to their top guns. They have good talent, they've got skills, and if you give them room you're in trouble."

Travis Zajac scored in regulation for the Devils. Martin Brodeur stopped 18 shots, but had his bid to tie Terry Sawchuk's NHL shutout record of 103 end just under five minutes into the third period.

New Jersey is 1-4 at home.

Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos scored in his fifth straight game and backup goalie Antero Niittymaki made 37 saves.

"He made some unbelievable saves," Brodeur said.

The Lightning dropped to 4-0-3 at home and lost for the fourth time overall in a shootout.

"Shootout, what do you do?" Lightning coach Rick Tocchet said. "I don't know."

Tampa Bay has failed to score this season on 14 shots in shootouts.

Stamkos tied it at 1 from along the right circle boards at 4:34 of the third. Martin St. Louis assisted on the goal for his 600th career NHL point and extended his season-opening point streak to 11 games (12 assists, 15 points).

Zajac put the Devils ahead 1-0 with a rebound goal 50 seconds into the second period.

Niittymaki was superb during the first period, stopping all 13 shots he faced. He made a nifty glove save on an in-close chance by Cory Murphy, turned aside Ilkka Pikkarainen's shot during a 2-on-1, and made saves on a short-handed breakaway during a delayed penalty call and the ensuing penalty shot by Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner.

"Nitty grabbed a point for us," Tocchet said. "Three, four guys didn't come to play. You get flat. Niittymaki was incredible."

Tampa Bay had three shots in the first and were outshot 28-9 through the second.

"After two periods I said we're getting a lot of chances and not being able to get that second goal, it was scary," Lemaire said.


  • St. Louis tied the franchise record with an assist in 10 straight games. The NHL record is 23, set by Wayne Gretzky in 1990-91.
  • Devils D Johnny Oduya (lower-body injury) didn't play.
  • Stamkos has a seven-game point streak. He has eight goals and 11 points during the stretch.
  • Langenbrunner and teammate Zach Parise both had six-game points streaks end.
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David Clarkson (center) gets all the congratulations from teammates after his SO goal. (Getty Images)
David Clarkson (center) gets all the congratulations from teammates after his SO goal. (Getty Images)
New Jersey  (8-4-0) «01001 (1)2
Tampa Bay (4-3-4)00100 (0)1
Three Stars
A. Niittymaki

Saves: 37
Save Pct.: .974
T. Zajac

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Z. Parise

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
50.0Travis Zajac (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Fraser
04:34Steven Stamkos (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: St. Louis, Malone
 David Clarkson (1), GOAL
Penalty Summary
02:10Walker, 2 min, Throwing Stick
04:42Parise, 2 min, Slashing
13:10Peters, 2 min, Interference
18:38Downie, 5 min, Fighting
18:38Salvador, 5 min, Fighting
02:08Wright, 2 min, Boarding
04:09Clarkson, 2 min, Hooking
11:59Lecavalier, 2 min, Tripping
15:24Konopka, 2 min, Interference
Shots On Goal
New Jersey1315836
Tampa Bay36615
Martin Brodeur 65:0018140
Antero Niittymaki 65:0037141
Game Information
Attendance - 12154
Referees - Brad Meier, Dean Morton
Linesmen - Steve Miller, Jonny Murray
Other Games
Min 2 Final
Pitt 1
Dal 2 Final
Nash 4
Edm 0 Final
Bos 2
Buf 0 Final
Fla 4 Final
StL 0
Ana 2 Final
Pho 3
Car 1 Final
Phi 6
Atl 3 Final
Ott 1
Tor 4 Final
Mon 5
Det 3 Final
Cal 1