NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at New Jersey|
(Thursday, February 7th)
Final Score: New Jersey 4, Tampa Bay 2
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Patrik Elias recorded a goal and two assists on
Thursday, as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-2, at
Ilya Kovalchuk and Andy Greene each added a goal and an assist, while Adam
Henrique also lit the lamp for the Devils, who have won three straight.
Martin Brodeur saved 17 shots in the victory.
"Our goalies are making the saves at the right time, we're blocking shots at
the right time, and everyone is playing a part," Elias said.
Nate Thompson and Matt Carle each scored once for the Lightning, who have lost
three straight on the heels of a five-game winning streak.
Anders Lindback was charged for all four goals on 27 shots in the setback.
After a scoreless first period, New Jersey struck just under 3 1/2
minutes into the second. Henrique won an offensive zone faceoff before
pounding home a rebound from his knees off an Anton Volchenkov point blast to
make it 1-0.
Tampa evened things later in the second when Martin St. Louis stole
Brodeur's clearing attempt to set up Thompson's one-timer from the top of the
left circle, but New Jersey took the lead for good later in the second while
on the penalty kill.
Kovalchuk stole a pass near his own blue line and rushed in a 2-on-1. The
Russian sniper patiently waited for the defender to make a move before ripping
a wrister from the left circle that sailed past the glove side of Lindback to
give the Devils a 2-1 edge at the 17:34 mark.
"I just waited to see how the defense was going to react and he gave me a
little more room and I shot it," Kovalchuk said of his shorthanded tally.
New Jersey padded its cushion late in the third with a pair of goals just 14
seconds apart on consecutive 5-on-3 power plays after St. Louis and Adam Hall
were whistled for penalties just 18 seconds apart.
Tampa Bay head coach Guy Boucher then lost his cool and began berating an
official before he was called for abuse of officials in the wake of Hall's
penalty to provide the Devils with a lengthy two-man advantage.
"I didn't see any penalties. I didn't see anything," Boucher remarked. "I just
watched the video again. I didn't see anything. I guess I'll have to look at
it another 20 times. I'm not going to comment on any penalties."
New Jersey quickly went work, as Greene ripped a wrister from the high slot
that sailed over the glove hand of Lindback with just under five minutes left.
Elias added another power-play tally when his pass from the low right
side of the net deflected off the stick of a Tampa Bay defenseman and snuck
past Lindback for a 4-1 lead at the 15:16 mark.
Carle one-timed a quick shot from the right circle high over the glove of
Brodeur with 2:15 remaining to account for the final margin.
New Jersey improved to 4-0-1 at home, while Tampa Bay fell to 1-3-0 on the
road ... New Jersey finished 2-for-4 on the power play and held Tampa Bay
scoreless on all four of its power-play opportunities ... St. Louis finished
with two assists for the Lightning.
02/07 23:29:44 ET