New Jersey Devils 5 vs Tampa Bay Lightning 2
- Attendance: 16,514
- Three Stars: 1.Taylor Hall Cory Schneider 3. Stefan Noesen
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- The Devils defeated the Lightning in the third game of a best of seven series, 5-2. New Jersey now trails in the series 2-1, Game 4 will be played on Wednesday night, 7:30 PM at Prudential Center.
- New Jersey is now 123-108 in the team’s playoff history and improves to 24-20 (11-11 home) in Game 3’s in franchise history.
- The Devils and Lightning opened up the contest with a period of no scoring. This marks the first time since Apr. 23, 2003 that both teams have failed to score after 20 minutes of play in the playoffs (Credit Craig Seiden WFAN/TOJN Statistician).
- Trailing 2-1 in the third period, New Jersey scored four unanswered goals to win Game 3 5-2. The Devils four goals in one period rank second in Devils history for most goals scored in a period (1. 5G – 4/22/88 in 2nd Of 10-4 W vs Washington).
- The Devils finished tonight 1-7 on the power play, and 5-7 on the penalty kill.
- Cory Schneider started in tonight’s contest. Schneider came into tonight’s matchup with a playoff record of 1-4, with a 2.46 GAA and .925 SV%. Now, in Schneider’s last four playoff starts, he hasn’t allowed more than two goals. Tonight, Schneider stopped 34 out of 36 shots (.944%), and improves to 2-4 in the playoffs.
- Taylor Hall tied the game at 1 apiece 12:42 into the second period. Hall also tallied assists on Butcher’s power-play goal, and Noesen’s game-winner. The three points tonight (1G-2A) give Hall his second career multi-point game in the playoffs (last: Apr. 12 at Tampa Bay). The last time a Devil had a three-point game in the playoffs was when Zach Parise did so back in 2012 against the Rangers.
- Will Butcher scored his first career playoff goal (PP) 4:03 into the third frame. Butcher’s goal marks the first time a Devils rookie defenseman has scored a playoff goal since Adam Larson in Game 2 of the 2012 Conference Semifinals at Philadelphia (Credit NHLPR).
- Stefan Noesen netted New Jersey’s game winner 12:55 into the third period, notching his first career playoff goal.
- As the third period ticked away, two more goals came from Blake Coleman (SH-EN), and Ben Lovejoy (EN). Lovejoy’s tally marked his first playoff goal as a Devil, and fifth career playoff goal. Coleman’s goal was his first short handed goal in the playoffs, and also recorded a career high of six shots in tonight’s contest.
- Kyle Palmieri and Andy Greene, picked up one point each for New Jersey with assists on the goals from Butcher, and Noesen.
- Marcus Johansson played in his first game tonight since Jan. 23 at Boston (37 games missed), where he sustained a concussion during the matchup. Johansson has played in 70 playoff games, posting 9G-21A-30PTS (7PPG) in his career. Tonight he tallied a TOI of 14:30, and recorded two shots.
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UPCOMING SCHEDULE *Subject to change
Tomorrow: 12PM Practice at Prudential Center