Tampa Bay 5, New Jersey 2

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tampa Bay 10-12-0-1 6-4-0-1 4-8-0-0 W1
New Jersey 10-8-2-3 6-3-1-1 4-5-1-2 L6


Lightning 5, Devils 2: Nate Thompson registered his first career two-goal contest and added an assist as visiting Tampa Bay held off a late rally to snap a five-game losing streak.

Rookie Alex Killorn and Martin St. Louis recorded a goal and an assist apiece and B.J. Crombeen sealed it with an empty-net goal with 1:20 remaining. Captain Vincent Lecavalier and rookie Cory Conacher each contributed a pair of assists and Anders Lindback made 25 saves for Tampa Bay.

Adam Henrique scored New Jersey’s league-leading sixth short-handed goal with 6:16 left in the contest and Patrik Elias scored on the power play 1:31 later. Keith Kinkaid made 12 saves in his NHL debut after taking over for starter Johan Hedberg as the Devils extended their winless streak to six (0-5-1).

The Lightning were outshot 10-4 in the first period, but finished with a 1-0 lead. Ondrej Palat created a turnover and Thompson was alone in front to knock home Conacher’s backhand pass from right faceoff circle at 17:04.

Killorn deked around a defender near the right circle and zipped a pass across the ice to St. Louis, who beat Hedberg 5:53 into the second period. Killorn scored his fourth goal after wheeling into the slot and letting go a shot that got past Hedberg through a screen at 13:13 for a 3-0 lead.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Lightning C Steven Stamkos, the league-leading goal scorer with 17, had his 10-game point streak snapped. … New Jersey G Martin Brodeur missed his sixth straight game with a sore back. … Tampa Bay put LW Benoit Pouliot on injured reserve to make room for G Cedrick Desjardins, who was recalled to back up Lindback with G Mathieu Garon day-to-day because of a lower-body injury.

Top Game Performances

Tampa Bay   New Jersey
Nate Thompson 3 Points Patrik Elias 1
Nate Thompson 2 Goals Patrik Elias 1
Cory Conacher 2 Assists Ryan Carter 1
N/A Power Play Goals Patrik Elias 1
N/A Short Handed Goals Adam Henrique 1
Anders Lindback .926 Save Percentage Keith Kinkaid .923
Anders Lindback 25 Saves Keith Kinkaid 12

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Tampa Bay 25 5 0-2 1-2 16 33
New Jersey 27 2 1-2 2-2 16 21

Upcoming Games

  • New Jersey will play its next game at home against Buffalo. The Devils have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .250 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play its next game at home against Winnipeg. The Lightning have a W/L % of .556 after a win and .308 after a loss.
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