NHL: Jersey opens Playoffs with win over Tampa Bay

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Devils lead series 1-0. (Best of Seven)

Tampa Bay Lightning 3 5 New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils got their ride in the 2007 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs started off right Thursday night, defeating the high-voltage offense of the Tampa Bay Lightning before 14,495 at Continental Airlines Arena, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Zach Parise, the Devils 1st pick (17th overall) in the 2003 draft, who led the team in scoring this season with 31 goals, scored twice in the game, including the winning goal off a pass from Jamie Langenbrunner. Vinny Lecavalier scored twice for the Lightning, but his efforts alone were not enough for Tampa. Martin Brodeur was solid as always in net for the Devils, notching 23 saves to pick up the win.

Tampa and Jersey will face each other at least three more times in the Opening Round of the NHL Playoffs. The next meeting between the two clubs will be Saturday at 7:00 pm EDT, when the teams will meet again at Continental Airlines Arena.

Scoring Summary

Scoring Summary
No. Period Time Team Scorer (No.) Assists Score
1 1st 7:43 NJ Zach Parise (1) Unassisted 1-0
2 1st 12:31 NJ Patrik Elias (1) PP Scott Gomez, Brian Rafalski 2-0
3 1st 15:55 TB Martin St. Louis (1) PP Brad Richards, Dan Boyle 2-1
4 2nd 3:36 NJ Brian Rafalski (1) PP Scott Gomez, Jamie Langenbrunner 3-1
5 2nd 11:46 TB Vincent Lecavalier (1) Unassisted 3-2
6 3rd 2:51 TB Vincent Lecavalier (2) Vaclav Prospal, Martin St. Louis 3-3
7 3rd 3:54 NJ Zach Parise (2) Jamie Langenbrunner 4-3
8 3rd 18:38 NJ Brian Gionta (1) Scott Gomez, Patrik Elias 5-3


Team Player Shots Saves Save Pct.
NJ Martin Brodeur 26 23 .885
TB Johan Holmqvist 24 19 .792

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