New Jersey at Tampa Bay

Devils 3, Lightning 2 (SO) wire reports

TAMPA, Fla. -- The New Jersey Devils are finding ways to win. The same can't be said about the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Zach Parise scored the tying goal in regulation and had one of two New Jersey goals in the shootout to help the Devils beat the Lightning 3-2 on Thursday.

Patrik Elias had the other Devils goal in the shootout, in which New Jersey outscored the Lightning 2-1.

Brian Rolston also scored in regulation for the Devils, who have won 14 of 17. New Jersey was coming off a 4-0 loss on Tuesday night at Florida.

"It was a good gut check for us," Rolston said.

Tampa Bay got two first-period goals from Ryan Malone. The Lightning have lost eight of 10.

Parise tied it at 2 on a rebound goal during a power play at 1:13 of the third. The left wing has 35 goals this season, including five over the past six games.

"After a loss, you want to respond the right way," New Jersey coach Brent Sutter said.

Malone put the Lightning ahead 1-0 when he wrapped a shot from the slot around Devils defenseman Mike Mottau and past goalie Kevin Weekes at 4:33 of the first. He made it 2-0 on a wrist shot from the top of the left circle with 7:05 left in the period.

"You don't like to give up leads at home," Tampa Bay center Jeff Halpern said. "It's frustrating. We did all right, but just not enough to win."

Rolston cut the Devils' deficit to 2-1 with a power-play goal at 2:16 of the second. His shot from just inside the blue line trickled past Tampa Bay goalie Karri Ramo into the net.

Weekes stopped Evgeny Artyukhin's shot on a breakaway midway through the third. He made 39 saves in regulation and overtime, and two more in the shootout.

"I thought especially the last two periods we really started creating some things offensively," Sutter said. "And after the second goal, Weeksey played extremely well."

The Devils finished with 40 shots.

Tampa Bay is 7-22 in games decided by one goal this season. The Lightning are just 11-6-6 when ahead after the first period.

"As a coaching staff, we have to be careful because if we see guys packing it in, then they won't be in the lineup," Tampa Bay interim coach Rick Tocchet said. "We have to go with people who are willing to stick to the system and want to play, and that's our job to make sure that happens."


Injured New Jersey G Martin Brodeur (left elbow) made the trip to Florida and watched the game from the Devils' booth in the press box. Brodeur, who last played on Nov. 1, has been practicing with the team. ... Tampa Bay defensemen Paul Ranger and Andrej Meszaros are scheduled to undergo left shoulder surgery on March 3. Recovery time is expected to be within six months. ... Devils RW Brendan Shanahan returned after missing two games with a bruised right foot. ... Lightning LW Gary Roberts (maintenance) didn't play.

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Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
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Assist(s): 2
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Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
04:33Ryan Malone (20), Wrist Shot. Assist: St. Louis, Lecavalier
12:55Ryan Malone (21), Wrist Shot. Assist: Lecavalier, Smaby
02:16Power Play - Brian Rolston (11), Slap Shot. Assist: Clarkson, Zubrus
01:13Power Play - Zach Parise (35), Wrist Shot. Assist: Zajac, Langenbrunner
 Vincent Lecavalier (2), GOAL
 Zach Parise (3), GOAL
 Patrik Elias (3), GOAL
Penalty Summary
08:15Salvador, 2 min, High-Sticking
08:34Lecavalier, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
14:16Clarkson, 5 min, Fighting
14:16Smaby, 5 min, Fighting
44.0Lecavalier, 2 min, Tripping
04:09Salvador, 2 min, High-Sticking
48.0St. Louis, 2 min, Hooking
03:48Rupp, 2 min, Boarding
09:58Smaby, 2 min, Tripping
18:00Zubrus, 2 min, Holding the Stick
Shots On Goal
New Jersey11121336
Tampa Bay14121339
Kevin Weekes 65:0039231
Karri Ramo 64:5938222
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
New Jersey2-for-4
Tampa Bay0-for-4
Game Information
Attendance - 14408
Referees - Mike Hasenfratz, Justin St. Pierre
Linesmen - Darren Gibbs, Dan Schachte
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Fla 0
Car 6 Final
Mon 4 Final
Pitt 5
Buf 3 Final
Phi 6
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Tor 3