NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Tampa Bay
(Thursday, October 8th)
Final Score: New Jersey 4, Tampa Bay 3 (SO)
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Travis Zajac tied the contest with less than a second left in regulation, and Zach Parise scored the game-winner in the shootout as the New Jersey Devils continued their recent dominance over the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 4-3 victory at St. Pete Times Forum.
In the shootout, Steven Stamkos' wrister went wide right and Parise made a move to the right before going back to left at the last minute and dumping the puck into the back of the net. An Alex Tanguay miss allowed Jamie Langenbrunner to seal the win for New Jersey.
Parise and Zajac each had a goal and an assist for the Devils, who have won eight straight meetings against Tampa Bay. Jay Pandolfo had the other goal for New Jersey, which got 41 saves from Martin Brodeur.
"He made a lot of great saves and kept us in the game," Zajac said of Brodeur. "He was the main reason we were still in the game."
Stamkos had a pair of goals for the Lightning, who have dropped 12 consecutive games dating back to last season. Todd Fedoruk had a goal, while Martin St. Louis had two assists. Mike Smith stopped 31-of-34 shots in defeat.
Down 2-1, Tampa Bay scored 1:52 into the third frame as Stamkos lit the lamp on the power play to tie the game.
About four minutes later, Fedoruk put the Lightning ahead by one. From the left circle, St. Louis made a cross-ice pass to Fedoruk, who fired a shot below the crossbar and past a sliding Brodeur.
The Devils pulled Brodeur with a minute left in the third for an extra attacker. New Jersey couldn't get anything going with the extra man until the final seconds. Zajac took a pass from Parise and fired a shot between the legs of Paul Ranger and past Smith with less than a second left to send the contest into overtime.
A number of spectacular saves from both goalies in OT sent the tilt into a shootout.
"I think this is just a start, but we can play better," said Stamkos. "I think we just need to get over that hump. We were right there, but a score with less than a second left is tough."
The Devils drew first blood with a power-play goal 4:46 into the first period. After taking a pass from Zajac, Parise was set up in front of the net and was able to chip the disc past the pads of Smith.
Stamkos's goal at the 9:49 mark of the second deadlocked the tilt. St. Louis controlled the puck at the right circle before finding an open Stamkos at the point. Stamkos fired a shot between the legs of Brodeur.
Langenbrunner led a 3-on-1 breakaway for the Devils with about six minutes to play in the second. Langenbrunner's shot was saved by Smith, but a scary moment took place when Langenbrunner got checked into the goaltender by Ryan Malone. Smith's mask came flying off as his body twisted in a weird way. Smith was looked at by the trainer for several minutes as he got a cut on his face cleaned up. Despite showing signs of pain, Smith stayed in the game.
Pandolfo's goal with 1:51 to play in the second gave New Jersey a 2-1 edge heading into the third.
The last time Tampa Bay beat New Jersey was October 4, 2007...The Lightning have gone 0-8-4 since the franchise's last win, a 2-1 overtime decision over Columbus on March 24...The Devils started the season with back-to-back defeats at home to rivals Philadelphia and the New York Rangers...Thursday's tilt was the start of a three-game road trip for the Devils.
10/08 23:54:47 ET