New Jersey
Devils
38-39-5
Tampa Bay
Lightning
46-25-11

20 SOG
30 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
NJD
TBL
game recap

Lightning 2, Devils 1

Friday, 02.25.2011 / 10:36 PM

Associated Press


Ilya Kovalchuk assisted on Mark Fayne's goal to extend his points streak to a career-high 12 games (7g-7a). (GETTY IMAGES)
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Martin St. Louis and Simon Gagne had early second-period goals, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Friday night to end an opponent's eight-game winning streak for the second consecutive game.

Tampa Bay also stopped Phoenix's stretch of eight victories in a row with an 8-3 win over the Coyotes on Wednesday night.

Dwayne Roloson made a pad save on Ilya Kovalchuk's shot during a breakaway early in the second period for the Lightning, who ended an NHL record-tying 12-game homestand at 7-3-2.

New Jersey got a third-period goal from Mark Fayne. The Devils' eight-game run was tied for the second longest in the NHL this season.

The Devils, 16-2-2 over their last 20 games, dropped 11 points behind Carolina, which is eighth in the Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes beat Pittsburgh 4-1.

"Mathematically, we're still in the hunt," New Jersey center Dainius Zubrus said. "I don't think it's going to change our approach for the next game."

After St. Louis beat Devils goalie Johan Hedberg from the top of the left circle at 2:20 of the second, Gagne made it 2-0 from near the right circle 54 seconds later. Hedberg, making his eighth straight start, had allowed just one goal over his previous three games.

"I think they're a really, really good hockey team," Hedberg said. "They've got a lot of weapons."

The Southeast Division-leading Lightning have a five-point lead - with one game in hand - on Washington, which lost 6-0 to the New York Rangers.

St. Louis has three goals and 11 points during an eight-game point streak. Gagne stopped a personal nine-game goal drought.

Hedberg kept the Devils within two goals later in the second by making in-close saves on Teddy Purcell and Steven Stamkos.

"That was a difficult win," Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said.

Kovalchuk had an assist to extend his point streak to 12 games (seven goals, 14 points).

Hedberg had won his seven previous starts. He stopped 28 shots.

Roloson finished with 19 saves.

Devils right wing David Clarkson returned to play four shifts in the third after being cut on the right forearm by a skate one period earlier while finishing a check. He estimated the cut required around 18 stitches.

"I didn't want to sit and watch, so I tried to go back and play," Clarkson said. "They said I missed the things (with the cut) that could have been trouble, so it's good. It was lucky."

Notes: New Jersey G Martin Brodeur was the backup for the fourth consecutive game since returning from a sprained right knee. ... The California Golden Seals, who went 4-7-1, are the only other NHL team to play 12 consecutive home games. ... Lightning D Mattias Ohlund didn't play because of a lower-body injury. ... Pittsburgh's 12-game winning streak, from Nov. 17 to Dec. 11, is the NHL's longest this season. ... Tampa Bay recalled G Mike Smith from Norfolk of the AHL.
scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
02:20
TBL
Martin St. Louis (23) Snap shot - ASST: Steve Downie (18), Steven Stamkos (37)
1 - 0 TBL
03:14
TBL
Simon Gagne (10) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 0 TBL
3rd Period
08:13
NJD
Mark Fayne (4) Slapshot - ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (22), Travis Zajac (26)
2 - 1 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
18:51
NJD
Jason Arnott  Hooking against  Pavel Kubina
3rd Period
02:01
TBL
Sean Bergenheim  Holding against  Henrik Tallinder
03:31
NJD
Mattias Tedenby  Holding against  Brett Clark
goalie stats
Johan Hedberg
SA: 30TOI: 59:04
Saves: 28EV: 27 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .933SH: 0 - 0
Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson
17-19-2
SA: 20TOI: 60:00
Saves: 19EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .950SH: 0 - 0
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