NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Tampa Bay
(Friday, January 26th)
Final Score: New Jersey 2, Tampa Bay 0
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Martin Brodeur put forth a flawless effort, stopping each of the 28 shots he faced to guide the New Jersey Devils past the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-0, at St. Pete Times Forum.
Brian Gionta netted the deciding goal late in the first period and Jay Pandolfo added an empty-net marker for the Devils, who have won eight of their last 10. With the win, Brodeur extended his NHL record for consecutive 30-win seasons to 11.
"I just try to go out and win games, the milestones are nice, but it's all about winning," said Brodeur.
Johan Holmqvist made 23 saves in defeat for Tampa Bay, which had put together a modest two-game winning streak heading into the All-Star break.
"We played a good hockey game, couldn't beat the goalie," said Tampa Bay head coach John Tortorella.
The Devils used some crisp passing to establish a 1-0 lead in the late stages of the first period. Patrik Elias executed a behind-the-back pass down to Scott Gomez behind the goal line, and Gomez took a stride before dishing the puck back out front. Gionta then polished off the sequence with a one-timer from the doorstep with just 51 ticks on the clock.
That was all New Jersey would need, as Brodeur denied every Lightning advance. The stalwart netminder robbed Tampa attackers several times over the next two- plus periods, including twice in the same sequence late in the contest to preserve the shutout.
With about 3 1/2 minutes on the clock, Brodeur stoned Vincent Lecavalier on a hard shot from the circle, but left a long rebound. He quickly slid all the way across the goal mouth, however, to snare a Vaclav Prospal putback attempt with his glove.
Pandolfo then scored on an empty net with 43 seconds on the clock to seal the victory.
The Lightning beat New Jersey in a shootout on January 18, the only other meeting between the teams this season. Tampa Bay has won seven of the last 10 in the series...The teams were a combined 0-for-6 on the power play...Gionta now has 22 goals on the season.
01/27 01:07:54 ET