(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Lightning take aim at a fourth straight
victory on Tuesday night as they visit a New Jersey Devils squad looking to
put its slow start in the rearview.
The Lightning are coming off a 4-3 shootout win over the Florida Panthers on
Sunday. Steven Stamkos has a goal and an assist in regulation before notching
the game-winner in the fourth round of the tiebreaker.
Valtteri Filppula also scored in the shootout and Anders Lindback stopped
three of the four skaters he faced after posting 29 saves through overtime. It
was his third start of the season.
Martin St. Louis and Radko Gudas netted regulation goals for the Bolts, who
are tied for first place in the Atlantic Division.
"We probably have the quietest 8-3 record in the league," said Stamkos. "And
we like it that way."
Stamkos has been anything but quiet over Tampa Bay's three-game win streak,
notching three goals and seven points. He was named the NHL's First Star for
the week on Monday.
Ben Bishop could return to net tonight for the Lightning. He is 7-1-0 with a
2.47 goals against average in eight games this season and 2-1-0 with a 2.17
GAA in three meetings with the Devils lifetime.
New Jersey has gone 2-1-1 in four games since starting the season with seven
straight losses (0-4-3). The Devils notched a big 4-3 win over Boston on
Saturday, getting a pair of power-play goals in the last 68 seconds of the
Marek Zidlicky tied the game with 1:08 remaining while the Devils were skating
6-on-3 and Andy Greene scored the game-winner on a 5-on-4 advantage with 44.1
Jaromir Jagr assisted on Greene's game-winner, his second helper of the night,
giving him six assists over his last four games.
"We were due for some good fortune," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. "I mean,
we haven't had a lot of it through the first 10 or 11 games. And I thought the
guys continued to work hard.
"We dug ourselves a little hole early and considering the circumstances, it
would've been easy to pack it in and we didn't. We kept chipping away and like
I said, we were due for some good luck."
Adam Henrique and Damien Brunner had the others and Martin Brodeur made 25
saves, including 18 total in the second and third periods, as the Devils
snapped a two-game slide with their first road win of the campaign.
Brodeur should get the start again tonight after Cory Schneider was placed on
injured reserve Monday due to a lower-body injury. Keith Kinkaid will serve as
the backup again.
Brodeur is 37-16-3 with a five ties, five shutouts and a 2.14 GAA in 63 career
meetings versus the Lightning.
New Jersey captain Bryce Salvador was also placed on IR Monday due to a foot
injury. He blocked a shot against Columbus last Tuesday and has missed the
previous two games for personal reasons.
The Lightning have won five of their last eight versus the Devils, but have
dropped nine of the last 12 in New Jersey.
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