Devils Streak Snapped by Lightning, 2-1
New York, NY - All the New Jersey Devils (26-31-4) would have needed to push the Tampa Bay Lightning (36-18-7) to the overtime period was one goal. Just one goal, and the Devils would have continued a winning-streak of eight games.
Sadly the Devils could not find an answer to Tampa Bay, who also snapped the eight-game winning streak that the Phoenix Coyotes had on Wednesday night. For New Jersey who went 16-2-2 over their past 20 games are still in the playoff hunt as the Hurricanes defeated Pittsburgh by the score of 4-1.
New Jersey still could have used the two points from tonight though to help them in their playoff push. Tampa Bay got on the board for their first goal at the 2:20 mark of the second period when Martin St. Louis (23) netted a slap shot for the 1-0 lead. Simon Gagne (10) tallied a wrister at the 3:14 mark of that frame which made it 2-0.
The Devils would be able to cut into that lead as Mark Fayne (4) tallied a slap shot at the 8:13 mark of the third period of play. Sadly though there was no other offense to be found on this night as the Lightning skated away with the 2-1 victory.
In the cage for New Jersey ’The Moose’ Johan Hedberg made 28 saves, but was out done by counterpart Dwayne Roloson who stopped 19 pucks.
The Devils will look to get back to their winning ways with a 5:00 p.m. face off with the Florida Panthers on Sunday afternoon.