NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Tampa Bay
(Saturday, October 31st)
Final Score: New Jersey 2, Tampa Bay 1 (SO)
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - David Clarkson scored the lone goal in the shootout as the New Jersey Devils clipped Tampa Bay, 2-1, at St. Pete Times Forum.
After Vincent Lecavalier opened the fourth round with an unsuccessful backhander, Clarkson closed out the contest by sliding a backhand past Lightning goaltender Antero Niittymaki.
"I don't know about the shot totals, but we really weren't giving them anything for most of the game," said Clarkson. "They got a goal on a broken play in the third period but after that we played really well. I was just fortunate to get that shot away and put it home."
Travis Zajac tallied for the Devils, who finished October having won five of six overall and also improved to 7-0-0 on the road this season.
Martin Brodeur, who needs just one shutout to tie Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk for most all-time, got the win with 18 saves.
Steven Stamkos picked up the lone score for the Lightning, who have dropped four of six. Niittymaki took the loss despite keeping his club in the game with 37 stops.
Zajac's sixth goal of the season, coming 50 seconds into the second period stood as the lone goal in the contest after 40 minutes of play.
Just when it appeared Brodeur could cruise to that record-tying shutout, Stamkos derailed those plans at 4:34 of the third period.
"They're known for their defensive prowess," Stamkos noted. "We gave them a little bit more to handle in the third period, by then it was too late to gain any momentum and we didn't make the most of our chances."
Jamie Langenbrunner of the Devils failed on a penalty shot try with 5:34 to play in the first period...Brodeur remains stuck on 102 career shutouts...The Devils tied the 2005-06 Red Wings and 1985-86 Flyers as the last teams to open a season with seven road victories. Buffalo holds the record with 10 in a row to start 2006-07.
10/31 21:19:47 ET