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Devils blanked by Bolts in Tampa Bay

Sunday, 03.16.2014 / 12:16 AM

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Devils blanked by Bolts in Tampa Bay
New Jersey Devils 0, Tampa Bay Lightning 3
Three Stars of the Game
Ben Bishop
Ben Bishop
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 22-22
PIM: 0PP: 1-1
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Valtteri Filppula
Valtteri Filppula
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 19:00
Michael Kostka
Michael Kostka
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:16

TAMPA -- Ben Bishop made 23 saves and defenseman Michael Kostka scored a goal in his second consecutive game and had an assist when the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-0 Saturday at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

The shutout was the fifth of the season and eighth of his career for Bishop.

New Jersey was shut out for the first time since Feb. 8 at the Washington Capitals.

Tampa Bay's second goal was scored by Kostka after he pinched down to the left of the crease and gathered a pass from Ondrej Palat. Kostka pulled the puck to his backhand and beat Martin Brodeur with 3:02 remaining and the teams skating 4-on-4.

Kostka has four goals and four assists in 16 NHL games this season. He scored in a 5-4 win against the Florida Panthers on Thursday.

Valtteri Filppula had his second assist, his sixth in his past three games. Palat has three goals and four assists in his past four games.

Nate Thompson made it 3-0 with 3:19 remaining after he took a cross-ice pass from J.T. Brown and slipped the puck through Brodeur's pads for his ninth goal of the season.

B.J. Crombeen scored his third goal of the season 12:26 into the second period to put the Lightning ahead 1-0. He deflected a shot by Kostka from the blue line past Brodeur with Ryan Malone, in front of the New Jersey net, obscuring the goalie's view.

The goal came 67 seconds after Brodeur stopped Brown on a penalty shot. Brown, on a breakaway, was pulled down from behind by New Jersey defenseman Jon Merrill. Brodeur took Brown's scoring attempt with his glove, the ninth successful stop of a penalty shot in 12 attempts over his career.

Brodeur made 17 saves before the Lightning scored, several worthy of a highlight reel, including a glove save on a shot Steven Stamkos blasted from the slot.

"You feel when you make a couple of big saves it sparks the team offensively, but Tampa Bay is a pretty good hockey team," Brodeur said. "We gave it a push in the third period but they played well. They were tight, and every time we tried to cheat they made us pay. They played well defensively and that created their offense."

New Jersey lost back-to-back games in Florida, after a 5-3 setback against the Panthers when Cory Schneider was in goal. The Devils were shut out for the eighth time this season.

"It's a disappointing trip, but no one is turning the lights out," New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer said. "The season's not over and we have to go on a run here and take advantage of our home games."

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
B.J. Crombeen (3) ASST: Michael Kostka (4), Valtteri Filppula (26)
1 - 0 TBL
Michael Kostka (4) ASST: Ondrej Palat (27), Valtteri Filppula (27)
2 - 0 TBL
3rd Period
Nate Thompson (9) ASST: J.T. Brown (10)
3 - 0 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
Radko Gudas  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Dainius Zubrus  Interference against  Radko Gudas
Radko Gudas  Diving against  Dainius Zubrus
Michael Ryder  Roughing against  Victor Hedman
2nd Period
Dainius Zubrus  Holding the stick against  Teddy Purcell
Teddy Purcell  Hooking against  Dainius Zubrus
3rd Period
J.T. Brown  Interference on goalkeeper against  Martin Brodeur
goalie stats
Martin Brodeur
SA: 32TOI: 59:17
Saves: 29EV: 27 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .906SH: 2 - 2
Ben Bishop
Ben Bishop
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 22 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
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