November 26, 2018 / 3:12 AM / 3 months ago

Lightning spread scoring around in beating Devils 5-2

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Tampa Bay blitzed visiting New Jersey for the second time in less than a month as four different forwards scored on four of the first seven shots in the Lightning’s 5-2 win over the Devils on Sunday.

The Lightning exploded for three goals in the first 10 minutes of Friday’s 4-2 home win over Chicago, and they bettered that output Sunday, scoring four times in the opening 11:25 against Devils goalie Cory Schneider.

Tampa Bay won the previous meeting against the Devils on Oct. 30 in an 8-3 rout — one of two games this season when the Atlantic Division club registered eight goals.

On Sunday, Brayden Point scored twice, and Alex Killorn, Tyler Johnson and Cedric Paquette also had goals for the Lightning, who won their third straight and passed Buffalo for the divisional lead.

Point added an assist for a three-point game, Nikita Kucherov had two assists, and goalie Louis Domingue made 33 saves.

Stefan Noesen scored for the first time since opening night for New Jersey, and Jesper Bratt added a goal. Schneider stopped 30 shots.

The Devils, who lost their second straight, slipped to 2-9-0 on the road and 4-7-2 in November.

The Lightning started the outburst when Killorn slid a pass from behind Schneider’s net, banking it off the goalie’s pad for his third goal and first since Oct. 18.

Point added to the lead shortly after former Lightning winger Brian Boyle went off for a cross-check against Kucherov, who fed a pass that the center buried for a 2-0 lead.

Point and Kucherov both assisted on Johnson’s 10th goal nearly two minutes later to make it 3-0 before Noesen scored off a rebound to put New Jersey on the board at 9:39.

Paquette cleaned up a loose puck for this fourth goal of the season at 11:25 for a 4-1 edge.

Point was credited with his team-leading 17th goal in the second period when Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen blindly fired the puck into his own goal.

Bratt scored his first goal of the season at 5:21 of the third period.

Each team had star players injured and leave for the dressing room. New Jersey’s reigning Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall (hit in mouth by puck) and Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos (hard check by Andy Greene) both skated off but missed just a few shifts.

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