Lightning run into a bad mix of fatigue and the Devils' style of play.
Evgeni Nabokov allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the loss in his Lightning debut. I have no complaints. He gave his team an opportunity to win.
7:38 NJ Zajac (1), (Greene, Cammalleri)
8:59 TB Killorn (1), (Johnson, Stralman)
11:19 NJ Cammalleri (4), (Elias, Havlat)(PP)
Nabokov was the game's second star.
It was a tough spot. 4th game in 6 nights. Back end of the back-to-back. The Devils a grinding team with the refs letting them play. And, then you fall behind to them. It's a really tough spot to find yourself in, and the Lightning did well to tie the game in the Third Period, which is typically impossible against New Jersey. But, in the end, they got the greasy goal they needed to snap the tie and win the contest. Valiant effort, and I suspect the outcome would've been more favorable if the Lightning had been able to maintain their First Period pace and intensity.
Vladislav Namestnikov had 2 shots, 1 hit, and was 40% on draws in 10:35. Namesy and Kucherov set up some nice opportunities, but the Devils did a good job keeping them out of the high traffic areas for second opportunities, which allowed Schneider to do what he needed to do to get NJ the victory.
Two games into his professional career, Dylan Blujus is showing he belongs in the AHL.
The 20-year-old defenseman made his pro debut with the Syracuse Crunch Saturday against Springfield, and over two games last weekend had an even plus-minus rating with six shots.
"It went pretty well, just getting that first pro game under my belt felt nice," Blujus said. "Get the nerves out early, now I can start playing my game and start making plays."
Despite a few expected hiccups, Crunch coach Rob Zettler was impressed with the puck movement by each of his rookie defensemen.
Dinamo Minsk 2 vs. Mytischi 3 (SO)
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Dmitry Korobov played 21:54 in his regular season debut as Mytischi knocked off Minsk 3-2 in the shootout. Korobov had missed the first month of the year with a broken hand. Igor Radulov had a goal and the shootout winner for Atlant.
Zagreb 1 vs. Bratislava 0
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 19/20, 1.02 GAA, .950 sv%
Season totals: 8 GP, 2-4-2, 0 SO, 2.50 GAA, .910 sv%
Jaroslav Janus and Bratislava lost a 1-0 goaltending duel to Barry Brust and Zagreb. Ex-Lightning forward Brandon Segal scored the lone goal of the contest, which was assisted by ex-Norfolk Admiral Martin St. Pierre.
Revenge is a dish best served cold...
Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 17 shots for the victory. He made the 1-2 key stops he needed to make, and let the team in front of him do the rest. Efficient performance.
5:24 TB Hedman (3), (Kucherov, Namestnikov)
9:51 TB Stamkos (1), (Callahan, Hedman)(PP)
12:16 MTL Gallagher (1), (Tinordi, Weaver)
13:15 TB Stamkos (2), (Hedman)
18:14 TB Stamkos (3), (Hedman, Filppula)(PP)
6:26 TB Callahan (2), (Carle)
6:43 TB Palat (1), (Boyle, Stralman)
16:55 TB Namestnikov (1), (Kucherov)
Why was I so tough on the Lightning after they sleepwalked through more than half of the Ottawa game. Because, this. This is what they're capable of. You had two of the best in the game, Stamkos and Hedman, take over a game, Bishop making critical saves at key junctures, and the overall speed and skill of the Lightning simply running Montreal out of the building. They have the ability to do that to dominate just about everyone in the Eastern Conference if they focus the way they did tonight.
Vladislav Namestnikov had a night of firsts with 1 goal and 1 assist for a +1 rating in 9:30. He also had 3 shots and 1 blocked shot and he was 33% on draws.
Ekaterinburg 1 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 0
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 3-1-4, -4, 4 PIM
Goaltender Jakub Kovar, an ex-Flyers pick, stopped all 32 shots he faced to help Ekaterinburg defeat Yugra 1-0. Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 16:16 in the match.
Magnitogorsk 6 vs. Chelyabinsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 39/40, 1.00 GAA, .975 sv%
Season totals: 17 GP, 12-2-1, 2 SO, 1.64 GAA, .940 sv%
Danis Zaripov had 1 goal and 4 points and Sergei Mozyakin had 1 goal and 3 points as Magnitogorsk embarrassed Chelyabinsk 6-1. Ex-NHLer Deron Quint scored Traktor's lone goal in defeat.