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NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Tampa Bay

(Thursday, March 22nd)

Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, New Jersey 1

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Martin St. Louis netted two goals in the final frame to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils at St. Pete Times Forum.

Marc Denis made 34 saves for the Lightning, who have won two straight and currently occupy the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier picked up an assist and in so doing notched his 500th career point in the NHL.

Zach Parise tallied the lone goal for the slumping Devils, who have lost three straight.

Martin Brodeur allowed three goals on 32 shots for New Jersey, which remains in first place in the Atlantic Division with 94 points.

With the game knotted at a goal apiece, the Lightning went in front 2-1 with 10:18 remaining in the third period as St. Louis tallied his 40th goal of the season. Eric Perrin broke up a New Jersey outlet pass in the neutral zone and moved the puck up to St. Louis, who beat Brodeur low on his stick side.

St. Louis' second tally of the game made it a two-goal contest with 6:16 left in the third. From the left corner, Lecavalier centered a pass to a streaking St. Louis in front and he quickly fired the pass through the pads of Brodeur.

The Devils pulled Brodeur for an extra attacker with about 35 seconds to play, but could not get the puck past Denis, who made 12 stops in the third period.

With 8:37 left in the first period, Jason Ward gave Tampa Bay the 1-0 edge. From the right boards, Brad Richards unleashed a wrister that Ward tipped past Brodeur from just outside the crease.

A power-play goal by Parise at 11:21 of the second period evened things up at 1-1. From the high slot Travis Zajac cranked a slap shot that Denis stopped, but Parise gathered the rebound in front and fired the puck into the net.

Game Notes

Tampa Bay is 10-3-2 (3 losses, 2 ties) in its last 15 encounters with the Devils...Lecavalier has 49 assists on the season while Richards has 43 helpers...New Jersey forward Erik Rasmussen missed the game with an upper body injury.

03/22 22:22:13 ET

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