Lightning fall to Devils 6-3

The Lightning would re-take the lead later in the first when Ryan Malone was able to beat Broduer from the goal line on a shot that Broduer would probably want back. For Malone, the power-play goal at the 16:01 mark of the period was his 11th of the year. It was also the first power-play goal the Lightning have scored in 4 games.

Into the second, both teams exchanged chances, but neither was able to get on the scoreboard as there was a tentative feel to the frame, with neither team wanting to make a mistake that would give the opponent an opportunity.

In the third, the Devils put on a clinic. They would tie the score when David Clarkson scored his second of the game and 7th of the year when he fired a shot from the point that beat Ellis glove side. New Jersey would take their first lead of the evening when Jason Arnott had a puck deflect off his pants into the goal. For Arnott, the goal at 7:52 was his 10th of the year. The Devils would extend the lead to 4-2 when Danius Zubrus scored his 6th goal of the year to essentially put this game away.

The Devils would score two empty net goals sandwiched around a Dominic Moore goal, but none of that really had any impact on the final result, a difficult loss for the Lightning against a team they really should beat. The Lightning looked tired in the third period, and were on the second half of back to back games.

The Lightning have a huge game on the horizon when the Washington Capitals come to town on Wednesday for what essentially will be a game for first place in the southeast division. Game time is at 7:30pm.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning, coming off a lethargic victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night, were right back at it on Sunday, hoping to show a bit more fight against a struggling New Jersey Devils team. It was the Devils who would take advantage of a tired Lightning team late this game, beating the Lightning 6-3.

The Lightning got off to the quick start they were looking for in this one when Teddy Purcell opened the scoring. Steve Downie carried the puck down the wing, and threw it to the front of the net. It deflected off of Mattias Ritola, right to Purcell, who had no problem beating Devils goaltender Martin Broduer to give the Bolts an early 1-0 lead. The goal 2:36 into the game was Purcell's 7th of the season.

The Devils would answer right back later in the first when Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman got caught trying to hold the puck in the offensive zone. David Clarkson ended up with a breakaway and beat Dan Ellis to tie the game at one. Clarkson's goal at the 5:55 mark of the first was his 6th goal of the year.

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