Possible Playoff Matchup
The Tampa Bay Lightning lead the NHL with 8-wins when trailing after two-periods but were unable to climb back after trailing the New Jersey Devils 2-0 at second intermission.
Ondrej Palat found the back of the net early in the third period, but the Lightning were unable to notch the game tying goal falling to the Devils 2-1.
The loss ends the Lightning’s five game road win streak and they see their record fall to to 51-20-4 (106-points). They maintain a 4-point lead over the Boston Bruins in the Atlantic Division; however, the Bruins hold two games in hand.
Lightning coach Jon Cooper noted after the game that right now the Devils are holding a playoff spot. “It’s one of those games where both teams defended, both teams didn’t give up a whole lot. We pushed in the third, we had our chances, we just couldn’t score.”
Cooper credited Kinkaid’s play in goal as the reason why they weren’t able to score. “We did a lot of things, we just couldn’t find the back of the net tonight. Their goaltender was swallowing them up.”
Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri scored for the Devils and Keith Kinkaid made 35-saves for the Devils who improve to 39-28-8 (86-points). The Devils, along with the Boston Bruins and Vegas Golden Knights are the only team’s that have defeated the Bolts in every matchup this season.
- Ondrej Palat scored a power-play goal. It was his ninth goal of the season. He now has a goal and assist in three games since returning from injury. It was also his 250th career NHL point.
- Mikhail Sergachev and Brayden Point each picked up an assist on Palat’s goal.
- Point has four points over his last two games (1-3–4).
- Sergachev continues to lead rookie defenseman for points with 38 (9-29–38).
- Tampa Bay returns home to take on the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night at 7:30. The Bolts will look to set their franchise record for wins and match their all-time record for points (108 [2014-15]).