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Devils outscored by Bolts, not outplayed

Lemaire said club got off to good start in season's second half

Friday, 01.08.2010 / 11:59 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Devils outscored by Bolts, not outplayed
Travis Zajac and the Devils fired 20 shots on Mike Smith in 30:48 of play.
Jacques Lemaire still had the piece of paper on which he had written out his lines for Friday's game when he took the podium.

The Devils' matchup with Tampa Bay had just been postponed after a circuit breaker problem left one end of Prudential Center in the dark. Lemaire's Devils were trailing 3-0 with 9:12 to go in the second period when the outage occurred.

"Never," Lemaire said when asked if he had ever seen anything like it before. "We all looked at the ice the way it is right now with the lighting that we had. To me, and to all of us, it would be dangerous to keep playing with the lighting that we have right now."

A League statement on NHL.com said the game will be resumed from the point at which play was suspended. A date has not yet been announced.

"Score-wise, it wasn't a good start," Lemaire said. "But I thought it was a good start the way we played. We didn't allow a lot of chances, a lot of shots, and we had quite a few. We came close numerous times to getting a goal to get back in the game. This is exactly what we needed – to get a goal – so we could get started and play with a little bit of confidence."

Once the lights went out, Lemaire felt there was a time limit on how long the two clubs could wait to see if the game could be resumed.

"They're playing tomorrow (in Philadelphia), which is an important game for them; we're playing tomorrow (in Montreal), which is another important game," he said. "Myself, I didn't want this game to go on to midnight and then get to Montreal at 3 (a.m.) and then play tomorrow."

The Devils trailed 1-0 after the first period despite two power plays and a 14-4 shots advantage in the frame.

Jamie Langenbrunner nearly gave New Jersey the first lead, but was stopped from the slot by Mike Smith on a two-on-one with Zach Parise at 5:15.

Steve Downie drew first blood on the power play for Tampa Bay, redirecting Kurtis Foster's shot underneath Martin Brodeur's catching glove for his eighth at 6:58.

The Lightning tacked on two more goals in the second period for a 3-0 lead. When play was stopped, the Devils were outshooting Tampa Bay, 20-7.

Brandon Bochenski tallied his first of the season with Bryce Salvador in the box for his second minor of the period. Steven Stamkos misfired on a cross-ice feed, which Rob Niedermayer intercepted in the slot but couldn't control. Bochenski swatted the loose puck past Brodeur from between the circles at 5:13.

Stamkos added his team-leading 22nd to give Tampa Bay a three-goal cushion. Martin St. Louis poked the puck away from Mike Mottau as he tried to exit the New Jersey zone, leaving St. Louis and Stamkos all alone at the hash marks. St. Louis passed across for Stamkos' redirect past Brodeur's glove at 10:04.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 51 23 10 4 33
A. Henrique 56 12 20 -1 32
P. Elias 53 10 16 -13 26
S. Gomez 39 5 18 -9 23
M. Zidlicky 63 4 19 -7 23
T. Zajac 55 10 10 -4 20
S. Bernier 48 10 8 1 18
M. Ryder 44 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 45 2 16 3 18
M. Havlat 38 5 9 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 23 23 6 .927 2.19
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59