NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at New Jersey
(Tuesday, February 7th)
Final Score: New Jersey 7, Tampa Bay 4
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Jamie Langenbrunner scored twice in New Jersey's 7-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, as the Devils tied a franchise record with their eighth consecutive home victory.
Scott Gomez added a goal and three assists for the Devils, who have won three of their last four overall. New Jersey's last loss at Continental Airlines Arena was December 31 against Toronto. Paul Martin had a goal and two assists for the Devils, who also won eight in a row at home during the 2002-03 and 1987-88 seasons.
Colin White, John Madden and Patrik Elias also scored for New Jersey, which got 31 saves from Martin Brodeur.
Vincent Lecavalier scored twice for the Lightning, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Tampa Bay was coming off a 3-2 overtime win versus the New York Islanders on Monday on Lecavalier's game-winner, but the Lightning fell behind 3-0 early and faced an uphill battle the rest of the night against New Jersey.
Evgeny Artyukhin and Darryl Sydor also tallied goals for the Lightning, while Pavel Kubina and Brad Richards each had two assists.
John Grahame allowed four goals on 22 shots, while Sean Burke allowed three goals on eight shots in the second period.
It was sweet revenge for Brodeur and the Devils, who were blanked, 1-0, in overtime to the Lightning on January 26.
"It was kind of nice to score early in the game against him (Grahame)," Brodeur said. "He's the one who shut us out. It was kind of nice to see them pull two goalies. I don't remember us doing that to anybody."
Tampa Bay faced a 6-1 deficit heading into the third, but Sydor and Lecavalier scored three minutes apart early in the final stanza, with Lecavalier's tally coming on the power play. The Lightning then made it 6-4 on Lecavalier's second goal with 6:09 left on a backhand rebound after Martin St. Louis was stopped on a shorthanded breakaway.
However, Langenbrunner scored from in front on the power play just 26 seconds later.
The Devils scored twice in a span of 1:18 early in the opening period on goals from Elias and Madden. Elias scored on a rebound in the slot at the 2:27 mark, while Madden lit the lamp on a one-timer from the left circle following a cross-ice pass from Langenbrunner.
It became 3-0 on an odd goal from Gomez at the 8:40 mark, who tried a pass from the right circle, but the puck deflected off a Tampa Bay defenseman and then off of Grahame's mask and into the net.
Artyukhin was credited for his third career NHL goal to pull Tampa Bay within 3-1 with 38 seconds left in the first. Brodeur made two stops, but failed to cover the puck in the crease and it trickled behind the netminder before Artyukhin tapped it into the net for a power-play tally.
Burke replaced Grahame after the opening period, but the problems continued for the Lightning. The Devils added a 5-on-3 power-play goal from Langenbrunner at 12:56 of the second. He let go a shot from the slot. The puck deflected off a diving Sydor, but the puck flopped past Burke's grasp.
Moments later, Brodeur made a quick glove save on a blast from St. Louis, and the Devils extended to a 5-1 lead at the 15:27 mark of the second. White fired a wrist shot from the above the left circle, with the puck sneaking inside the right post.
Martin scored on the two-man advantage just over two minutes later on a shot from the slot.
Earlier in the day, Elias was named to replace injured winger Petr Prucha on the Czech Republic national hockey team at the Olympics...This game was the ninth of 35 straight, through the end of the regular season, for Devils versus the Eastern Conference...The Devils and Lightning split four meetings this season, but New Jersey outscored Tampa Bay, 15-6, in its victories...The Devils and NBA's New Jersey Nets have won a combined 19 straight home games...New Jersey's Brian Rafalski, Erik Rasmussen and Grant Marshall all left with injuries...Rasmussen suffered a shoulder injury and will be evaluated on Wednesday...Tampa Bay head coach John Tortorella was ejected late in the third period.
02/08 00:10:13 ET