Newark, N.J.- The New Jersey Devils bounced back from two straight losses to the Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins by shutting out the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0.
The Devils were under siege for a lot of the game, getting outshot 33-19, but Martin Broduer played unbelievable to earn his 124th career shutout.
After a scoreless first period, both teams were trying to strike first. With 4:23 left on the clock, Damien Brunner split the two Lightning defenseman to beat Anders Lindback for the first goal of the game.
Brunner’s goal was his third in three games and his seventh on the season. It was nice to see him use his speed to split the defense after receiving a pass from Eric Gelinas.
Dainius Zubrus struck for two goals tonight, scoring his 6th and 7th goals on the year. Jaromir Jagr assisted on both goals.
The three goal lead put the game out of reach for the Lightning who were doing everything they could to score once.
Lindback was pulled with 4:33 remaining in the third period, very early, but the Devils did not score an empty net goal the whole time.
The Lightning were playing very well 5-on-5, so why not play with a man advantage for the last five minutes.
Jagr and Zubrus showed their chemistry off the ice when Jagr was telling jokes about Zub in the locker room. Jagr said, “When I was traded from Pittsburgh to Washington, Zubrus turned me from a 120-point player to a 70-point player.”
Zubrus joked about Jagr telling him to not steal anymore goals of his, like he did Friday night in Pittsburgh when he tapped a Jagr shot over the line. Zubrus said, “He has 700 of them, he can spare one.”
The Devils play their second game of a three game home stand on Wednesday against the Ottawa Senators.
The win bumps the Devils ahead of the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers and now trail Carolina for the third spot by three points.
1st Star - Martin Brodeur
2nd Star - Dainius Zubrus
3rd Star - Jaromir Jagr
Honorable Mention - Damien Brunner