Another shortie from Ilya Kovalchuk helped insure the New Jersey Devils came out on the long end of decision with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Kovalchuk scored a beautiful shorthanded goal at 17:34 of the second period to break a 1-1 tie as the Devils notched their third-straight win while handing the Lightning their third-straight defeat, 4-2. Martin Brodeur picked up the victory as New Jersey improves to 6-1-3 and Tampa Bay falls to 6-4-0.
The Devils put the game away during a 14-second span in the third period when Andy Greene and Patrik Elias scored power-play goals.
Elias finished with one goal and two assists in the victory, while Kovalchuk and Greene had a goal and an assist each.
Adam Henrique also scored for New Jersey.
Nate Thompson and Matthew Carle scored for the Lightning, as the Devils kept Steven Stamkos, Marty St. Louis and Vinny Lecavalier off the scoreboard. The Devils also killed off four Tampa Bay power plays, improving their streak to 15 straight kills.
Kovalchuk's shorthanded goal showed just how important the veteran forward is to the New Jersey attack. He deftly intercepted a pass from defenseman Sammi Salo and broke in on a 2-on-1 break with Travis Zajac. He froze Tampa Bay goalie Anders Lindback by using Zajac as a screen and then snapped the goal from the left circle.
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