NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Tampa Bay |
(Friday, March 5th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, New Jersey 2 (OT)
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Dave Andreychuk scored with 2:43 remaining in
overtime to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to an improbable 3-2 win over the
New Jersey Devils at the St. Pete Times Forum.
The goal came after Vincent Lecavalier tied the game with just 9.6 seconds to
go in regulation. Dimitry Afanasenkov tallied the other for the Lightning,
winners of a franchise-best seven straight.
Nikolai Khabibulin made 30 saves for the win, while Pavel Kubina recorded
assists on the final two goals. Tampa Bay also set a franchise-record by
earning a point in 14 consecutive games (11-0-1-2).
John Madden and Jeff Friesen lit the lamp at the other end as the Devils lost
for the fourth time in five games. Martin Brodeur allowed three goals on 22
shots in the loss.
The game-winning goal came as a result of spectacular passing on a 3-on-2
rush. Kubina carried the puck across the blue line and threaded it between the
legs of Scott Niedermayer to Cory Stillman. Stillman then fed the puck across
to Andreychuk, who faked Brodeur out before roofing a backhand.
"We really didn't get a lot of chances," said Andreychuk. "We kept coming, and
that's a good sign for us."
Lecavalier's 27th of the campaign came with Khabibulin pulled for an extra
attacker. Kubina made a nice play to slide the puck over to Lecavalier who
fired a wrist shot over the blocker side of Brodeur to send the game into
"I just tried to put a move on the defenseman and I saw Vinny in the middle so
I passed it to him," said Kubina. "He made a great, great shot."
Afanasenkov got the Lightning on the board first 9:30 into the opening stanza
with his fifth tally of the season. After New Jersey defenseman David Hale
couldn't handle the puck at the blue line, Afanasenkov picked it up and shot
it off Brodeur's pads and in.
New Jersey then scored twice in the second to overtake Tampa Bay for a 2-1
edge. Madden gathered his own rebound at the bottom of the left circle to beat
Khabibulin from a sharp angle just 1:20 in.
Friesen's 15th came with 6:04 to play as he pulled up in the right circle and
shot one over the blocker of Khabibulin.
The Lightning managed eight shots on Brodeur before the ninth one got through.
Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis had his 13-game scoring streak ended while
Lecavalier extended his to seven games (7g, 5a)...Teammate Brad Richards had
an assist, pushing his streak to 10 contests (6g, 12a)...The teams combined
for just three minors...All five goals were scored at even strength.
03/06 01:53:57 ET