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Lightning 5, Devils 4 F/SO

Friday, 03.29.2013 / 10:46 PM

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Lightning 5, Devils 4 F/SO
New Jersey Devils 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 5
Three Stars of the Game
Steven Stamkos
Steven Stamkos
G: 2Shots: 7
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 23:39
Andy Greene
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 26:37
Alex Killorn
Alex Killorn
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 20:52
TAMPA, Fla. -- It took shootout goals by Teddy Purcell and Victor Hedman to finally complete a Tampa Bay Lightning comeback and give new coach Jon Cooper a 5-4 win against the New Jersey Devils in his debut behind the bench.

It wasn't easy and it took some heroics -- Tampa Bay battled back from two two-goal deficits, finally tying the game when Alex Killorn scored with 16 seconds remaining in the third period and netminder Mathieu Garon on the bench for the extra attacker.

Killorn took a cross-ice pass from Steven Stamkos and found the New Jersey net wide open for his fifth goal of the season. The assist was Stamkos' third point of the night; he previously scored his NHL-leading 24th and 25th goals of the season.

The Devils scored goals at even strength, on a power play, shorthanded and via penalty shot, but all that was not enough as Garon stopped Travis Zajac and Patrik Elias in the shootout.

The victory extended Tampa Bay's home win streak to four games.

Cooper was hired Monday to replace Guy Boucher. The former coach of the organization's American Hockey League team watched the Lightning play Tuesday before taking over behind the bench Friday.

New Jersey began the third period with a 3-2 lead and promptly reopened a two-goal advantage for the second time at 2:39 on an unassisted shorthanded goal by Ryan Carter. He intercepted a pass from Stamkos and broke down the left side, firing the puck behind Garon from the top of the faceoff circle.

Stamkos' second goal of the game at 7:11 cut the New Jersey advantage to 4-3.

The second period was a significant contrast to the first as both teams opened up their attack and picked up the pace considerably, combining for 18 shots on net and five goals.

New Jersey scored 5:50 into the period when Andrei Loktionov took a drop pass from Matt D'Agostini and fired the puck home for his seventh goal of the season. Andy Greene also got an assist.

Fifty-nine seconds later, New Jersey extended its lead to 2-0 when Tom Kostopoulos converted a penalty shot he was awarded after Hedman hooked him from behind as he broke in alone.

That two-goal advantage disappeared quickly as Tampa Bay countered with two goals in 2:28. Stamkos knocked the puck out of the air and behind Martin Brodeur after the goaltender made a sprawling pad save on the first scoring attempt. Keith Aulie and Martin St. Louis assisted.

The equalizer came when Richard Panik sent an airborne breakout pass from the Lightning defensive zone that Nate Thompson corralled as he broke between two Devils defenders and slipped the puck into the net from Brodeur's left. It was Thompson's seventh goal of the season.

Greene and D'Agostini each got his second point of the game when Greene scored on a power play at 13:58, giving New Jersey a 3-2 lead. Marek Zidlicky also assisted.

The teams were tentative in the first period, and Cooper had to wait more than eight minutes into the game before he got to see his team's first shot on net.

Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas gave a brief demonstration of his punching power, landing some quick shots to the head of Kostopoulos before the officials stepped in.

Each goalie faced 25 shots and made 21 saves.
scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Andrei Loktionov (7) ASST: Matt D'Agostini (2), Andy Greene (10)
1 - 0 NJD
PS - Tom Kostopoulos (1) ASST: NONE
2 - 0 NJD
Steven Stamkos (24) ASST: Martin St. Louis (35), Keith Aulie (3)
2 - 1 NJD
Nate Thompson (7) ASST: Richard Panik (2), Radko Gudas (1)
2 - 2 Tie
PPG - Andy Greene (3) ASST: Matt D'Agostini (3), Marek Zidlicky (11)
3 - 2 NJD
3rd Period
SHG - Ryan Carter (4) ASST: NONE
4 - 2 NJD
Steven Stamkos (25) ASST: Alex Killorn (9)
4 - 3 NJD
Alex Killorn (5) ASST: Steven Stamkos (21), Matthew Carle (9)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
1T. PurcellT. Zajac
2V. HedmanP. Elias
penalty summary
1st Period
Keith Aulie  Interference against  Stephen Gionta
Mark Fayne  Tripping against  Tyler Johnson
Radko Gudas  Fighting (maj) against  Tom Kostopoulos
Tom Kostopoulos  Fighting (maj) against  Radko Gudas
2nd Period
Keith Aulie  Hi-sticking against  Tom Kostopoulos
Eric Brewer  Hooking against  Steve Bernier
Steven Stamkos  Interference against  Andy Greene
3rd Period
Bryce Salvador  Tripping against  Cory Conacher
Radko Gudas  Interference on goalkeeper against  Martin Brodeur
OT Period
Matt D'Agostini  Holding against  Steven Stamkos
goalie stats
Martin Brodeur
SA: 25TOI: 65:00
Saves: 21EV: 16 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .840SH: 0 - 0
Mathieu Garon
Mathieu Garon
SA: 25TOI: 64:09
Saves: 21EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .840SH: 0 - 1
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