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Devils outscored by Bolts, not outplayed

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

Friday, 01.8.2010 / 11:59 PM ET / 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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59