Newark, N.J. - The New Jersey Devils looked to build on their late comeback win in Boston on Saturday with a win tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Devils played stellar defense tonight, holding the loaded offense of the Lightning to only four shots in the first period. The Devils also put some pressure with 10 shots and a lot of possession time.
The first period went scoreless, but the Devils had the momentum heading into the second period. Twenty-one seconds into the second period, Anton Volchenkov took an interference penalty.
Adam Henrique killed the Lightning attack with a breakaway and a shorthanded goal. Henrique blocked a pass from Matt Carle and took it the other way, Patrik Elias helped out by getting the assist on the three-on-one attack.
Just over nine minutes later, Jaromir Jagr got himself a breakaway after taking away the puck at the blue-line and finishing top-shelf over goaltender Ben Bishop’s blocker.
With six minutes left in the second period, Henrique took a hooking penalty that allowed Steven Stamkos get his ninth goal of the season by tapping a pass from Teddy Purcell through the legs of Martin Brodeur.
The Devils came out in the third period playing very strong defensively, holding the Lightning to just another four shots.
The Devils got a few breaks in the game when the Lightning hit iron and Brodeur got caught behind the net and the Lightning had a chance to score an easy goal, but they could not put it home.
The Devils have a few days off before they play the Philadelphia Flyers at home on Saturday night. The Devils are now just two points away from claiming second place in the Metropolitan division.
Jaromir Jagr’s second period goal was his 119th career game-winning-goal.
Patrik Elias played in his 1100th NHL game tonight, Dainius Zubrus is one behind him at 1099.
1st Star - Jaromir Jagr
2nd Star - Martin Brodeur
3rd Star - Adam Henrique