Devils edge Lightning with late goal
Greene went from a seldom-used player last season under Brent Sutter to the anchor of an injury-depleted defense for Lemaire.
Greene made the key play Friday night, firing the point shot that
“He has got confidence,” Lemaire said. “He’s on top of his game. He started a little slow but he had good moments. Then all of a sudden, he started to be our top defenseman.”
And the one who made the key play to pull out the latest victory.
“I had a lane to the net and just tried to throw it there,” Greene said. “Jamie got a great tip on it. That’s why you play until the final whistle. You keep going to the very end and you have to be ready for anything.”
Langenbrunner wasn’t sure he deserved the goal.
“It was a great play by Greenie,” the
The win was the
The game seemed headed for overtime when Tampa Bay pulled even at 2 on a power-play goal by Downie with 3 minutes remaining in regulation. Downie tucked home a perfectly-timed pass from Steve Stamkos.
Rolston and Bergfors scored power-play goals early in the third period to give the
Rolston evened the score at 1:15, the tally coming only 3 seconds after
“They were stupid penalties,” Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet said. “Sometimes when pressure is on, people do stupid things. We’ve got to straighten out this penalty killing quick.
“Then in the last seconds, we have no tenacity to clear the front of our net. Those are ways to lose, and that’s what happens when you lose three or four in a row.”
Lecavalier got the game’s first goal on a wraparound at 1:26 of the second period. The Tampa Bay captain curled behind the New Jersey net, tucking the puck into the cage just inside Brodeur’s left skate.
For Lecavalier, it was only his sixth goal in 34 games dating back to last season.
There were few chances for either team in the scoreless first period. Tampa Bay had the edge in shots, 7-5, including two good opportunities late in the period.