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game recap

Lightning 6, Devils 3

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:22 AM

Associated Press

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Lightning 6, Devils 3
Tampa Bay Lightning 6, New Jersey Devils 3

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The only good news to come out of the New Jersey Devils' loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning concerned Martin Brodeur's right knee.

The Devils' two-time Vezina Trophy winner left with 6:50 remaining, and New Jersey's one-goal deficit turned to three in a 6-3 loss to the defending Stanley Cup champions on Wednesday night.

Dave Andreychuk scored twice in the third period against his former team, and Vincent Lecavalier added a short-handed goal shortly after to lift the Lightning.

It wasn't poor goaltending that plagued the Devils, it was their habit of making mistakes in their own end that led to easy goals.

"We just can't keep turning the puck over and expect to win," said coach Larry Robinson after New Jersey allowed the final four goals. "We're not moving the puck and we're just not putting the puck in the right place. We had too many turnovers."

Backup goalie Scott Clemmensen replaced Brodeur and surrendered the final two goals to Andreychuk and Lecavalier - 56 seconds apart - that pushed Tampa Bay's lead to 6-3.

Brodeur's knee injury doesn't appear to be as serious as initially feared. He will go through a series of precautionary tests Thursday.

While facing a barrage of shots, Brodeur caught his right leg on the post and fell to the ice.

"I was concerned enough to leave the game," Brodeur said. "The doctor looked at it after the game and he thought it didn't look too bad, but we'll see what happens.

"My skate got caught and I twisted it. I heard it twist and I couldn't get up. All my body weight fell on it. I had to be really hurt to leave the game. We were still in the game at that point."

Andreychuk scored his first goal of the season 5:27 into the third period, snapping a 3-3 tie. He added a power-play goal with 6:33 remaining while Tampa Bay had a 5-on-3 advantage.

"I've always loved this building and I had a great time when I was here," Andreychuk said. "I have nothing but respect for this organization. I still like to score goals, and now we all have to chip in. I don't think anyone just wants to play defense."

The Lightning took a 1-0 lead just 34 seconds in on their first shot. Martin St. Louis took a pretty pass from Brad Richards and knocked it past Brodeur for his third of the season.

Tampa Bay (5-3-2) then pushed the lead to 2-0 in the closing minutes of the first period. Fredrik Modin skated past defenseman Paul Martin and beat Brodeur with a backhand shot. The Lightning outshot the Devils 16-3 in the opening period.

The Devils (4-5) controlled the second period, tying the game with goals by defensemen Sean Brown and Vladimir Malakhov. Brown scored off a good feed from Jamie Langenbrunner, who was set up behind the net. Brown ripped in a shot from the right corner for his first goal of the season at 1:57 of the second.

Malakhov scored on a blast from the blue line off work by Langenbrunner and Brown with just 2:23 left in the period.

Just 16 seconds into the third period, Sergei Brylin put the Devils ahead 3-2 with a wrist shot that caught goalie John Grahame off-guard.

However, the Lightning came right back and tied it on Vaclav Prospal's sixth goal of the season, just 1:08 later - 17 seconds into Dan McGillis' hooking penalty.

The third period was played at a blistering pace, with Brodeur making one diving save after another. Brodeur made 30 saves before leaving the game.

"It's just a matter of time before he gets hurt, if we keep giving up chances where he has to stand on his head all the time like that," Robinson said. "Something's going to happen."

Notes: Grahame stopped 20 of 23 shots for his fourth victory of the season. ... Clemmensen stopped only three shots. ... New Jersey LW Krzysztof Oliwa cleared waivers and was assigned to Albany of the AHL. Oliwa hasn't decided whether he will report. ... It was the second time the Devils allowed a season-high six goals. They didn't give up that many during the 2003-04 season. ... Lightning rookie Evegni Artyukhin earned on assist on Andreychuk's first goal for his first NHL point. ... Richards had three assists, giving him a team-high eight. ... The Lightning have won five straight from New Jersey.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:34
TBL
Martin St. Louis (3) Slapshot - ASST: Brad Richards (6), Freddy Modin (1)
1 - 0 TBL
18:18
TBL
Freddy Modin (5) Backhand shot - ASST: Brad Richards (7), Martin St. Louis (2)
2 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
01:57
NJD
Sean Brown (1) Slapshot - ASST: Jamie Langenbrunner (3), John Madden (2)
2 - 1 TBL
17:27
NJD
Vladimir Malakhov (2) Slapshot - ASST: Jamie Langenbrunner (4), Sean Brown (3)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
00:16
NJD
Sergei Brylin (5) Slapshot - ASST: Brian Gionta (5), Scott Gomez (6)
3 - 2 NJD
01:24
TBL
PPG - Vinny Prospal (6) Slapshot - ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (6), Pavel Kubina (3)
3 - 3 Tie
05:47
TBL
Dave Andreychuk (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Evgeny Artyukhin (1)
4 - 3 TBL
13:27
TBL
PPG - Dave Andreychuk (2) Slapshot - ASST: Brad Richards (8), Pavel Kubina (4)
5 - 3 TBL
14:31
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier (6) Slapshot - ASST: Vinny Prospal (6)
6 - 3 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
01:59
TBL
Nolan Pratt  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
07:50
NJD
Sean Brown  Interference against  Vinny Prospal
11:28
TBL
Rob DiMaio  Hooking
12:59
NJD
Grant Marshall  Holding against  Darryl Sydor
13:49
TBL
Martin St. Louis  Interference on goalkeeper against  Martin Brodeur
2nd Period
02:59
NJD
Daniel Mcgillis  Interference against  Nick Tarnasky
05:24
TBL
Vinny Prospal  Interference against  John Madden
06:03
NJD
Vladimir Malakhov  Hooking against  Freddy Modin
3rd Period
01:07
NJD
Daniel Mcgillis  Hooking
12:28
NJD
Pascal Rheaume  Hooking against  Evgeny Artyukhin
13:10
NJD
Richard Matvichuk  Hi-sticking
14:19
TBL
Pavel Kubina  Hooking against  John Madden
18:19
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner  Slashing
goalie stats
John Grahame
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 15 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .870SH: 1 - 1
Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur
SA: 34TOI: 53:10
Saves: 30EV: 22 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .882SH: 0 - 0
Scott Clemmensen
Scott Clemmensen
SA: 5TOI: 6:50
Saves: 3EV: 1 - 2
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .600SH: 0 - 0