NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at New Jersey
(Sunday, January 10th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, New Jersey 2
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Steven Stamkos scored twice, and Mike Smith made 33 saves, as the Tampa Bay Lightning took a 4-2 victory from New Jersey at the Prudential Center in a continuation of Friday's suspended game.
Goals from Stamkos, Brandon Bochenski and Steve Downie staked the Lightning to a 3-0 lead on Friday before play was stopped with 9:12 remaining in the second period.
The stoppage became necessary after a large bank of lights behind the net defended by New Jersey's Martin Brodeur suddenly darkened while the teams were about to face off in the Devils' zone. A more than two-hour delay ensued before failed attempts at fixing the malfunction gave way to commissioner Gary Bettman's decision to suspend play.
When the dust settled, Tampa Bay had put the brakes on a two-game skid and registered its first win in 11 games versus the Devils dating back to October of 2007.
"It was tough, but everyone prepared like it was a normal game," Stamkos said. "We did our normal game day routines, warm up. Once we got going it felt like a game day, but it was just weird knowing there was half a game left."
Martin St. Louis extended his points streak to nine games, posting four goals and nine assists over that span. Both St. Louis and Kurtis Foster notched two assists.
Travis Zajac and Zach Parise scored for New Jersey, which was riding a three- game win streak and had taken five of the last six prior to Sunday's prolonged defeat. New Jersey won in overtime at Montreal on Saturday.
"It wasn't really three games in three days," Parise said. "You think about it, we only played half the game the other night. If you want to break it down each guy played only six or seven minutes. I thought we had plenty of energy. We did a decent job trying to get ourselves back into it."
Brodeur did not continue in net on Sunday but took the loss nonetheless after giving up three goals on seven shots. Yann Danis let one in on seven shots in relief.
A pair of power-play goals got things started for Tampa Bay on Friday. Downie tipped a Foster slap shot past Brodeur to open the scoring at 6:58, and Bochenski wheeled and fired between the circles off a failed clearing attempt to make it 2-0 5:13 into the second.
A little less than five minutes later, St. Louis and Stamkos got behind the Devils' defense on a turnover, and the former set up the latter at the right post for a score at 10:04.
Less than a minute later, the lights went out and both teams were sent to their respective benches and then the locker rooms once it was determined the problem could not be fixed quickly.
The Devils finally got on the board, two days later, at the 8:36 mark of the third after Jamie Langenbrunner dished a backhanded pass into the low slot for Zajac, who zipped the disc past a diving Smith.
But the Lightning struck back a little more than a minute later, as St. Louis raced down the right wing, spun and centered for Stamkos, who rifled a one- timer past Danis.
Parise got a deflected shot to slip past Smith in the final minute to account for the 4-2 final.
Stamkos has 23 goals on the season and ended with a three-point game...The Lightning improved to 7-11-5 as the visiting team this season...The Devils had won six straight on home ice and are 16-7-0 as the host this season...Zajac and Langenbrunner both had two-point games.
01/10 23:38:16 ET