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Lightning 4, Devils 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Lightning 4, Devils 3
Tampa Bay Lightning 4, New Jersey Devils 3
Three Stars of the Game
Martin St. Louis
1st
Martin St. Louis
RW
G: 3Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 4PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 19:12
Teddy Purcell
2nd
Teddy Purcell
RW
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 18:40
Zach Parise
3rd
Zach Parise
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 21:47

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NOTEWORTHY

  • Martin St. Louis recorded his sixth-career hat trick and his second of the season and posted four points (3-1-4).
  • With his 20th, 21st and 22nd goals, St. Louis has now scored 20 or more goals in nine-straight seasons. He also has 15 career goals against New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur.
  • The Bolts are 11-5-2 since January 17, and have 24 points. Only Pittsburgh has more points (25) in that span in all of the NHL.
  • With an assist on St. Louis' first goal Teddy Purcell, extended his points streak to six-straight games and has been on the scoresheet in 10 of the last 11 games. The six-game streak is the longest of his NHL career.
  • Purcell had three assists on the day. Purcell now has 18 points (4-14-18) over his last 13 games.
  • St. Louis’ first goal broke a stretch where Teddy Purcell had either scored or assisted on seven straight Tampa Bay goals.
  • Martin Garon stopped 19 of 22 shots and improved to 20-16-4 on the season.
  • Mathieu Garon’s assist was his second point of the season. The first which came against Washington on 1/31.
  • Eric Brewer’s assist was his second in his last six games. Brewer led the team with 27:39 TOI and four blocked shots.
  • By going 1-of-3 on the power play, the Lightning have now scored power-play goals in four straight games for the first time this season.
  • The Lightning improved to 18-3-6 (.667) in one-goal games, passing the Devils (.655) for the best one-goal game winning percentage in the league.
  • The Bolts played the game without defenseman Victor Hedman, who suffered an undislcosed upper body injury in the 8-1 loss to Pittsburgh the previous day. Defenseman Evan Oberg was recalled from Norfolk earlier in the day, and played his second game with Tampa Bay.
  • Ryan Shannon also missed his second-straight game due to an injury suffered Thursday at Winnipeg.

Martin St. Louis made sure the Tampa Bay Lightning picked up two critical points in the standings on Sunday afternoon.

He even got a little help from his goaltender, too.

St. Louis scored three times and had an assist, and Mathieu Garon made 19 saves to help the Lightning edge out the New Jersey Devils, 4-3, at the Prudential Center.

After dropping the first two contests in regulation on its three-game road trip, Tampa Bay picked up two points in Sunday’s finale to climb back to within six points of division-rival Winnipeg for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

“It was a tough way to start the road trip, but we wanted to respond and come out strong today,” Lightning forward Teddy Purcell said.

Matt Gilroy had Tampa Bay’s other goal, and Purcell added three assists.

Steven Stamkos also chipped in a pair of helpers for the Lightning, which snapped a two-game losing streak.

After Alex Ponikarovsky opened the scoring at 12:07 to give New Jersey a 1-0 lead, St. Louis scored twice in the second period to give Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead with approximately five minutes to go in the frame. The sequence included the Lightning forward’s 20th of the season, marking the ninth consecutive campaign in which he’s scored 20 or more.

His third of the night completed his sixth career hat trick at 10:18 of the third, and stood up as the game-winner, even after Zach Parise cut Tampa Bay’s two-goal lead by one with a power-play goal with 2:35 to play in regulation.

“It’s nice to get a few goals especially after our past two games that we weren’t very happy with,” St. Louis said. “You just have to go to the scoring areas and try to be opportunistic.”

Petr Sykora also scored for New Jersey, which fell for just the fourth time this month. The Devils have now dropped two straight following a four-game win streak.

With Tampa Bay leading 2-1 after 40 minutes, the teams exchanged a pair of goals just 41 seconds apart early in the third to make for an interesting final frame.

New Jersey started the period on the power play after Stamkos ended the second frame by being called for a penalty. New Jersey didn’t capitalize, but Sykora’s 15th of the year at even strength at 2:28 started the sequence to draw New Jersey even at 2-2.

It was short lived, however, as Gilroy got the Lightning right back in front with a shot past Martin Brodeur off a cross-crease feed from St. Louis.

Brodeur finished the night with 12 saves after allowing four goals on just 16 shots.

After St. Louis and Parise traded scores to make it 4-3 with just over two minutes to play, the Devils pulled Brodeur, creating a 6-on-4 chance, but the Lightning were able to kill it off and hold on for the regulation win.

Purcell assisted on all three of Tampa Bay’s final tallies, now giving him points in a career-high six straight games and in 10 of his past 11 contests.

scoring summary
1st Period
12:07
NJD
Alexei Ponikarovsky (12) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 NJD
2nd Period
06:39
TBL
Martin St. Louis (20) ASST: Steven Stamkos (31), Mathieu Garon (2)
1 - 1 Tie
14:55
TBL
PPG - Martin St. Louis (21) ASST: Teddy Purcell (27), Steven Stamkos (32)
2 - 1 TBL
3rd Period
02:28
NJD
Petr Sykora (15) ASST: Steve Bernier (3), Dainius Zubrus (21)
2 - 2 Tie
03:09
TBL
Matt Gilroy (2) ASST: Martin St. Louis (36), Teddy Purcell (28)
3 - 2 TBL
10:18
TBL
Martin St. Louis (22) ASST: Teddy Purcell (29), Eric Brewer (14)
4 - 2 TBL
17:25
NJD
PPG - Zach Parise (23) ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (35), Patrik Elias (39)
4 - 3 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
13:04
NJD
Marek Zidlicky  Holding against  Steven Stamkos
2nd Period
08:17
NJD
Dainius Zubrus  Holding the stick against  Evan Oberg
13:46
NJD
Ilya Kovalchuk  Tripping against  Ryan Malone
15:47
TBL
Trevor Smith  Hooking against  Marek Zidlicky
20:00
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Hooking against  Steve Bernier
3rd Period
15:36
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Tripping against  Ilya Kovalchuk
19:00
TBL
Martin St. Louis  Tripping against  Mark Fayne
goalie stats
Mathieu Garon
SA: 22TOI: 60:00
Saves: 19EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .864SH: 0 - 0
Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur
22-15-2
SA: 16TOI: 58:30
Saves: 12EV: 11 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .750SH: 0 - 0