NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at New Jersey
(Wednesday, October 31st)
Final Score: New Jersey 6, Tampa Bay 1
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Jay Pandolfo scored three goals to lead New Jersey to a 6-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Prudential Center.
John Madden had a goal and three assists, and Arron Asham and Zach Parise also tallied for the Devils, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Martin Brodeur made 21 saves as New Jersey won for the first time at the new Prudential Center.
"Jay (Pandolfo) comes to work real hard," said Madden. "He works real hard every single night, never takes a night off, never takes a practice off, so to see him get rewarded the way he did tonight was really good."
Vincent Lecavalier scored the lone goal for the Lightning, who have dropped three in a row. Johan Holmqvist stopped 22-of-27 shots.
"They play a good system," said Lightning center Brad Richards. "They block a lot of shots."
With the game scoreless after one period, the Devils scored twice in less than two minutes for a 2-0 lead. Madden beat Holmqvist courtesy of a beautiful centering feed from Dainius Zubrus with 15:28 left in the second frame.
Just 1:48 later, Pandolfo and Madden perfectly executed a two-on-none break as Madden easily slid the puck past the defenseless Holmqvist.
Tampa Bay, though, did pull within 2-1 when Lecavalier's rocket from the right circle beat Brodeur on the power play with 1:47 left in the second period.
In the third, Patrik Elias' shot from the right board was deflected by Asham into the net for a 3-1 advantage with 12:46 left to play.
Pandolfo scored his second goal with nine minutes to go and Parise added a power-play goal with 6:36 remaining. Pandolfo capped the scoring barrage with 1:20 left for his first career hat trick.
New Jersey recalled defenseman Olli Malmivaara from its AHL affiliate in Lowell...New Jersey outshot Tampa Bay 30-22...Tampa Bay has yet to win in five road games this season...The Lightning had taken three straight and four of the last five meetings. The Lightning had also come out on top in six of their last seven trips to New Jersey...The Devils drew only 13,218 fans in just their second game at the Prudential Center.
11/01 00:00:25 ET