"They were the unbeatable team," Guy Boucher said of the New Jersey Devils after the Lightning won 2-1 this evening.
The Bolts finally overcame the Devils in the third match between the teams this season, killing the Devils eight game winning streak, a follow-up to Wednesday's win against the Phoenix Coyotes.
The game was characterized by a consistent defensive effort that fought hard against the Devils, especially Ilya Kovalchuk, who totaled 27 minutes of ice time by the end of the game.
Jones, with two shots on goal, one hit, and two blocked shots, was a major contributor to the force against New Jersey.
Moore spoke of Jones afterwards, saying, "Randy Jones just seems to be everywhere. He's such a smart player and reads the angles, the shot length so well. That's why he seems to be always in the way when they want to shoot."
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The first period was characterized by even play between the two teams. The Lightning played a large part of the period in the neutral zone, fighting for possession of the puck. Both teams ended the period scoreless, and only totaled 8 shots on goal compared to the New Jersey's 7.
In another minute, the Lightning repeated the play, only this time from the right circle, taking the second goal on a shot from Simon Gagne.
With the Bolts leading 2-0, the momentum finally began to build. By the end of the second the Lightning had totaled 23 shots on goal to the Devil's 12.
While we've seen the Lightning settle down and lose the lead in past games, the Bolts responded well by maintaining a consistent effort to finish with the win.
"I thought we did a pretty decent job of reasserting ourselves," said Moore. "We've got to continue to learn to do that because hockey's a game of momentum. You've got to learn to take it back right away."
Boucher noted the difference in this game as well. "I love the way we played the last five minutes--with aggressiveness, with poise, with confidence."
Up Next: After finishing the 12 game home stand 7-3-2, the Lightning are finally hitting the road, and will play the New York Rangers on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM. Feel free to stop by the game thread if you aren't in attendance!
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