Devils snap road losing streak by grounding BoltsJan 15, 2011 - 5:00 AM
Brian Rolston and Travis Zajac both registered a goal and an assist for the Devils, who notched a win as the visiting club for the first time since November 3.
"They got a lot of guys that can score goals, so you have to play good defensively against them and we did that," Rolston said.
Martin Brodeur made 30 saves for New Jersey, which had been idle since posting a 6-3 victory over Tampa Bay at home on Sunday.
Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis scored for the Southeast Division-leading Lightning, who have dropped three of their last five games.
Dwayne Roloson was pulled after allowing four goals on nine shots in the first period. Dan Ellis stopped 15 shots the rest of the way.
The contest got off to a promising start for Tampa Bay as Stamkos lit the lamp for the first time in 2011, snapping a six-game goal-less drought.
Ten seconds after being clipped with a high stick by New Jersey's Colin White, Stamkos let go a one-timer from below the left circle to put the Bolts on the board at 5:06 of the first period. It was his 32nd goal of the season, tying him with concussed Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby for the league lead.
New Jersey, though, tallied three times in a span of 3:45 later in the frame, and Zajac tacked on a shorthanded goal to give the Devils a 4-1 edge at the intermission.
Kovalchuk and Rolston scored 80 seconds apart, with the latter converting a pass from Dainius Zubrus at 9:19. Patrik Elias pumped home a rebound at 11:44 before Zajac chased Roloson to the bench with 4:06 remaining.
"We made in the first period [tonight], the mistakes that we made in the third period [in Newark]," said Tampa Bay head coach Guy Boucher. New Jersey scored five goals in the third period on Sunday.
St. Louis accepted a Stamkos pass and lifted a backhander over Brodeur to trim Tampa Bay's deficit to 4-2 with 5:05 remaining in the second period. The assist was Stamkos' 200th career point.
Kovalchuk beat Ellis stick-side with a wrister at 13:40 of the third period.
New Jersey won consecutive games for the first time since November 22-24...The Devils have won six straight in Tampa...Lightning defenseman Mike Lundin played in his 200th NHL game...The Devils lost 12 consecutive road tilts from October 19-December 1, 1983.
- NEW JERSEY: 5
TAMPA BAY: 2
Jan 14 9:59 PM
- New Jersey Goal - Ilya Kovalchuk (12), at 13:40.
Devils 5, Lightning 2 3rd - 6:20Jan 14 9:48 PM
- NEW JERSEY: 4
TAMPA BAY: 2
End of 2nd
Jan 14 9:09 PM
- Tampa Bay Goal - Martin St. Louis (19), at 14:55.
Devils 4, Lightning 2 2nd - 5:05Jan 14 9:00 PM
- NEW JERSEY: 4
TAMPA BAY: 1
End of 1st
Jan 14 8:18 PM
- New Jersey Short-Handed Goal - Travis Zajac (7), at 15:54.
Devils 4, Lightning 1 1st - 4:06Jan 14 8:10 PM
- New Jersey Goal - Patrik Elias (10), from Andy Greene and Brian Rolston at 11:44.
Devils 3, Lightning 1 1st - 8:16Jan 14 7:59 PM
- New Jersey Goal - Brian Rolston (3), at 9:19.
Devils 2, Lightning 1 1st - 10:41Jan 14 7:52 PM
- New Jersey Goal - Ilya Kovalchuk (11), from Travis Zajac at 7:59.
Devils 1, Lightning 1 1st - 12:01Jan 14 7:50 PM
- Tampa Bay Goal - Steven Stamkos, from Martin St. Louis at 5:06.
Devils 0, Lightning 1 1st - 14:54Jan 14 7:46 PM
- NEW JERSEY: 0
TAMPA BAY: 0
1st Period - 20:00
Jan 14 7:38 PM
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