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Elias lifts Devils over Lightning in shootout

Feb 20, 2009 - 5:56 AM
TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Devils did not let an early deficit affect their winning ways.

Patrik Elias scored the game-winning goal in the second round of a shootout, lifting the Devils to a 3-2 triumph over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.

All-Star Zach Parise tallied in the bonus format and registered his team-leading 35th goal of the season in the third period while Brian Rolston also scored in regulation for New Jersey, which bounced back from a 4-0 setback to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

"It was a nice win for us," Rolston said. "It was a good gut-check for us, and we came back and (goaltender Kevin) Weekes played strong for us and it was big for us."

Ryan Malone netted two goals in the first period for the Lightning, who have dropped three contests in a row.

"Our guys played hard," Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet said. "I think the common denominator here is we start to get away from the game plan. That's the frustrating part and we have to work on that more. That's something that can't happen this year or next year.

"They've got some pretty good shooters there. They made some pretty good moves. I'm not sure any goalie could stop that first (shootout) goal by Elias."

Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier beat Weekes with a backhander in the first round of the bonus format, but Parise evened the score in the following set.

Vaclav Prospal's wrist shot was denied before Elias solved Karri Ramo with a snap shot in the second round. Weekes secured the victory by turning aside Malone's attempt in the third set.

Malone gave Tampa bay a 2-0 lead in the opening session, but the Devils were able to slowly creep back thanks to a stellar 39-save performance from Weekes, who started in place of Scott Clemmensen for the second time in seven games.

"I thought, especially during the last two periods, we really started creating some things offensively," New Jersey coach Brent Sutter said. "We played with more composure with the puck and outside of the second goal, (Weekes) played extremely well."

Rolston cut the deficit in half with a power-play goal at 2:16 of the second and Parise forged a tie on the man advantage 73 seconds into the third by unleashing a wrister from the low slot that sailed by Ramo.

"We had a lot of good opportunities and the score could have been lopsided our way," Rolston said. "Their goalie played well for them, too. We got two big power-play goals and then a great job by our shooters in the shootout."

Ramo stopped 38 shots for the Lightning, who lost for the eighth time in 10 contests (2-6-2).

"They're all really good players and I haven't been my best this year (in the shootout), but we just need to keep trying," Ramo said. "The shooters were good and their goalie was better than me in the shootout."






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    FINAL IN SHOOTOUT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    NEW JERSEY 0 1 1 0 (2) 3
    TAMPA BAY 2 0 0 0 (1) 2 FINAL IN SHOOTOUT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TAM - RYAN MALONE 20 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, VINCENT LECAVALIER)
    4:33
    TAM - RYAN MALONE 21 (VINCENT LECAVALIER, MATT SMABY) 12:55
    2ND PRD: NJD - (PP) BRIAN ROLSTON 11 (DAVID C

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    END OF OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    NEW JERSEY 0 1 1 0 2
    TAMPA BAY 2 0 0 0 2 END OF OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TAM - RYAN MALONE 20 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, VINCENT LECAVALIER)
    4:33
    TAM - RYAN MALONE 21 (VINCENT LECAVALIER, MATT SMABY) 12:55
    2ND PRD: NJD - (PP) BRIAN ROLSTON 11 (DAVID CLARKSON

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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    NEW JERSEY 0 1 1 2
    TAMPA BAY 2 0 0 2 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TAM - RYAN MALONE 20 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, VINCENT LECAVALIER)
    4:33
    TAM - RYAN MALONE 21 (VINCENT LECAVALIER, MATT SMABY) 12:55
    2ND PRD: NJD - (PP) BRIAN ROLSTON 11 (DAVID CLARKSON, DAINIUS ZUBRUS)
    2:16
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    NEW JERSEY 2
    TAMPA BAY 2
    3RD PRD: NJD - ZACH PARISE 35 (TRAVIS ZAJAC, JAMIE LANGENBRUNNER) 1:13

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    NEW JERSEY 0 1 1
    TAMPA BAY 2 0 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TAM - RYAN MALONE 20 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, VINCENT LECAVALIER)
    4:33
    TAM - RYAN MALONE 21 (VINCENT LECAVALIER, MATT SMABY) 12:55
    2ND PRD: NJD - (PP) BRIAN ROLSTON 11 (DAVID CLARKSON, DAINIUS ZUBRUS)
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    NEW JERSEY 1
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    2ND PRD: NJD - (PP) BRIAN ROLSTON 11 (DAVID CLARKSON, DAINIUS ZUBRUS)
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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    NEW JERSEY 0 0
    TAMPA BAY 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TAM - RYAN MALONE 20 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, VINCENT LECAVALIER)
    4:33
    TAM - RYAN MALONE 21 (VINCENT LECAVALIER) 12:55
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    NEW JERSEY 0
    TAMPA BAY 2
    1ST PRD: TAM - RYAN MALONE 21 (VINCENT LECAVALIER) 12:55

    Devils 0, Lightning 2  1st - 7:05Feb 19 8:10 PM


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    NEW JERSEY 0
    TAMPA BAY 1
    1ST PRD: TAM - RYAN MALONE 20 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, VINCENT LECAVALIER)
    4:33

    Devils 0, Lightning 1  1st - 15:27Feb 19 7:49 PM