New Jersey Devils (17-21-7 41pts)vs Tampa Bay Lightning (27-14-4 58pts)
Good Evening Devils fans! Before tonight’s game, there were certainly some changes that had things around the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey buzzing! First the Devils recalled Cory Schneider from their AHL Binghamton affiliate. Secondly, rookie sensation Jack Hughes was announced to return to the lineup from injury. However, the biggest news on the day was the shocking dismissal of GM Ray Shero. The dismissal was very surprising and definitely shocked the hockey world. Nonetheless, the New Jersey Devils have a matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight. The Lightning are the hottest team with a ten game winning streak heading into tonight’s game. Speaking of which, it was an exciting first period with many offensive chances between the two teams. However, it would remain scoreless going into period two.
Period two started off with a bang as Tyler Johnson scores his eleventh goal of the season to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead. However, a few minutes later Devils captain Andy Greene would score his first of the season to tie the game at 1-1. At the 9:54 mark, Travis Zantac would tip in a Nikita Gusev shot to give the Devils a 2-1 lead. That score would stand heading into the third period.
In the third period, each team traded some Grade A offensive chances. The Devils almost extended their lead to 3-1 on a Nikita Gusev goal however, it was determined to be no goal on the play as Blake Coleman made contact with goalie Curtis Mcelhinney. With the net empty, the Devils were able to shut the door on the Lightning and Miles Wood would add an empty net goal to give the Devils a 3-1 victory. The Devils snapped the Lightning’s 10 game winning streak. Tonight was the Devil’s final home game before the bye week and NHL All Star game. New Jersey is back in action Tuesday night as they head north of the border to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
New Jersey Devils
Tampa Bay Lightning
Final Stats: NJ-3 TB-1
Shots: 20 27
Hits: 19 23
PP: 0/4 0/2
Faceoffs: 60.8% 39.2%