Most NHL teams that head to New Jersey leave wondering what just happened. The Tampa Bay Lightning were confused and befuddled by a Devils team that played their game and won. Jaromir Jagr and Adam Henrique scored one goal apiece in the New Jersey Devils’ 2-1 win over the Lightning on Tuesday.
Patrik Elias added an assist and Martin Brodeur stopped 16 shots for the Devils, winners of two straight. For the Bolts, Steven Stamkos scored his ninth goal of the season,which had a three-game winning streak snapped. Ben Bishop allowed both goals on 22 shots in the setback.
Henrique’s shorthanded marker 1:36 into the middle session gave the Devils a 1-0 lead. Henrique corralled a loose puck near center-ice and passed it to Elias on a 2-on-1 break. Elias sent the puck back to Henrique, who stuffed it home.
Jagr then stole the puck from Tampa forward Martin St. Louis took off uncontested before beating Bishop for his third goal of the season for a two- goal New Jersey edge.
Stamkos made things interesting with just over 4 1/2 minutes left in the second period. Teddy Purcell fired a shot from above the left circle and Stamkos redirected it as he was falling to the ice to cut the deficit in half.
Tampa Bay had plenty of chances to win the game but they were just off each time they came close.The Devils killed off three Lighting power plays in the final session to hold on for the win.