Brodeur, Devils Hang On To 4-2 Win Over Lightning
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Martin Brodeur held the Tampa Bay Lightning scoreless for 51 minutes, David Clarkson had a goal and an assist, and the New Jersey Devils hung on for a 4-2 victory Saturday night.
Brodeur lost out on a bid to extend his NHL record to 117 shutouts when Martin St. Louis scored from in-close and cut the Lightning’s deficit to 3-1 at 8:24 of the third period. Brodeur made 21 saves en route to his NHL-best 629th career win.
Ryan Shannon’s first goal in 15 games, which came 90 seconds after St. Louis scored, got Tampa Bay within 3-2.
Dainius Zubrus, Patrik Elias and Ryan Carter, who scored with 2:03 to play in the third, had the other New Jersey goals.
Tampa Bay had its six-game home winning streak snapped.
Zubrus put the Devils up 1-0 at 1:09 of the second. He made a nifty stick-handling move and then beat goalie Dwayne Roloson from the left circle.
Elias made it 2-0 off a nice pass from Clarkson during a power play 6:05 into the second. The Devils have scored with the man advantage in a season-high three straight games.
Brodeur stopped an in-close backhander by St. Louis during a mid-second period power play.
The Devils took a 3-0 lead with 2:16 left in the second when Clarkson scored a lunging, back-handed power-play goal.
Clark’s goal came after Roloson misplayed the puck behind the net. Roloson finished with 20 saves.
New Jersey outshot the Lightning 10-3 during a scoreless first. Steven Stamkos got Tampa Bay’s first shot, which was easily turned aside by Brodeur 8 minutes into the game.
Notes: Roloson (42 years, 1 month) and Brodeur (39 years, 6 months) are a combined 81 years, 7 months old. … Tampa Bay LW Ryan Malone was in the lineup after missing four games due to an undisclosed upper body injury. … Carter got his first assist in 27 games on Zubrus’ goal. … Lightning D Mattias Ohlund, who hasn’t played this season because of right and left knee injuries, has resumed limited on-ice practice. … Tampa Bay C Tom Pyatt left with an upper body injury.
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