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Devils 3, Lightning 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Devils 3, Lightning 2
Tampa Bay Lightning 2, New Jersey Devils 3

The Devils were held to just six shots through the halfway point on Friday against the Lightning, but Jamie Langenbrunner made the last one count.

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The New Jersey forward found the back of the net with just 38 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Devils a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay at the Prudential Center.

“It was kind of a defensive battle to start the game. Anytime you’re playing New Jersey it seems to end up that way,” recently recalled center Blair Jones.

Vincent Lecavalier netted the game’s first goal at 18:34 in the second period off of a wrap-around that slipped under the left skate of Martin Brodeur. Jeff Halpern was credited with the assist, marking his sixth point in his last four games.

“It was a great play by Halpy [Jeff Halpern],” Lecavalier said. “He lost the puck, then retrieved it again and was just able to make a pass to me. It might have been a little lucky but I’ll take it.”

Brian Rolston knotted the game at a goal apiece on the power play at 18:45 after the Lightning’s Lukas Krajicek was sent to the penalty box for slashing.

Following the equalizer, New Jersey received two additional consecutive opportunities with the man advantage, scoring on one of them as Niclas Bergfors put the Devils up 2-1 from the right circle with a wrist shot that went five-hole on goaltender Antero Niittymaki.

Martin St. Louis’ attempt to even things up hit the post and Matt Walker’s attempt minutes later hit off the side of the net as Brodeur preserved the lead.

It wouldn’t last long.

Steve Downie converted with the man advantage on a tic-tac-toe feed from Steven Stamkos and Ryan Malone at 17:00 in the third period. Stamkos recorded his sixth point in as many games and Downie tallied his fourth in the same span.

As the game appeared to be heading into overtime for the third time this season in as many tries, Langenbrunner tipped the puck in the net for the go-ahead goal with just over half a minute left that gave New Jersey its seventh win in its last 10 contests.

Bolts forward Paul Szczechura exited the game early and did not return due to a lower body injury.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
01:26
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier (6) ASST: Jeff Halpern (5)
1 - 0 TBL
3rd Period
01:15
NJD
PPG - Brian Rolston (9) ASST: Rob Niedermayer (6)
1 - 1 Tie
05:14
NJD
PPG - Niclas Bergfors (8) ASST: Vladimir Zharkov (1)
2 - 1 NJD
17:00
TBL
PPG - Steve Downie (4) ASST: Steven Stamkos (13), Ryan Malone (10)
2 - 2 Tie
19:21
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner (6) ASST: Andy Greene (11), Brian Rolston (6)
3 - 2 NJD
penalty summary
1st Period
02:18
TBL
Stephane Veilleux  Hooking against  Dean McAmmond
14:02
NJD
Matthew Corrente  Fighting (maj) against  James Wright
14:02
TBL
James Wright  Fighting (maj) against  Matthew Corrente
18:28
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner  Hooking against  Steven Stamkos
2nd Period
02:48
TBL
Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Matthew Corrente
02:48
NJD
Matthew Corrente  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
06:03
NJD
Zach Parise  Tripping against  Alex Tanguay
12:20
NJD
Patrik Elias  Cross checking against  Ryan Malone
12:20
NJD
Mark Fraser  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Malone
12:20
TBL
Ryan Malone  Fighting (maj) against  Mark Fraser
3rd Period
01:12
TBL
Lukas Krajicek  Slashing against  Zach Parise
01:35
TBL
Jeff Halpern  Tripping against  Mike Mottau
03:50
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Tripping against  Rob Niedermayer
16:45
NJD
Mark Fraser  Hooking against  Martin St. Louis
goalie stats
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 19TOI: 59:39
Saves: 16EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 2
SV%: .842SH: 0 - 0
Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur
16-7-1
SA: 24TOI: 59:55
Saves: 22EV: 14 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .917SH: 2 - 2