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Devils 4, Lightning 3, SO

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:17 AM

Associated Press

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Devils 4, Lightning 3, SO
New Jersey Devils 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 3

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Travis Zajac helped make sure a strong outing by Martin Brodeur was not wasted.

Zajac scored with 1 second left in regulation, and the New Jersey Devils went on to a 4-3 shootout victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

"It really bounced and a couple of guys tried to take a whack at it, but somehow it came to me," Zajac said.

Zajac forced overtime when he scored from the low slot to tie it at 3. Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner scored in the shootout, won by New Jersey and Brodeur 2-0.

"It was definitely a greasy one, but we pulled it off and sometimes that's what you need to try and get going," the winningest goalie in NHL history with 558 wins said. "We showed a lot of character coming back, especially late in the game."

The Devils (1-2) also got regulation goals from Parise and Jay Pandolfo and became the last Eastern Conference team to earn a point in the standings this season.

Steven Stamkos had two goals, and Todd Fedoruk scored in the third period for Tampa Bay.

"It's bad luck, that's what it is," Stamkos said.

Stamkos pulled the Lightning even at 2 with a power-play goal at 1:52 of the third. Tampa Bay went up 3-2 when this year's first-round draft pick, defenseman Victor Hedman, made a couple nifty stick-handling moves and sent a pass through the slot to Fedoruk in the right circle.

"You can't believe it," Lightning coach Rick Tocchet said of the loss. "The guys deserved better."

Parise put the Devils ahead 1-0 with a power-play goal at 4:46 of the first.

After Brodeur made several strong saves, including chances by Vincent Lecavalier and Ryan Malone, Stamkos tied it at 1 from the slot at 9:49 of the second. Brodeur stopped 41 shots.

"He's a big reason we were still in the game," Zajac said of Brodeur. "I think anytime you give up that many shots, it's going to be tough. He made a lot of great saves and kept us in the game."

Stamkos, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2008 NHL draft, has two goals and four points in three games this season.

Despite being outshot 25-9 during the second, the Devils took a 2-1 lead on Pandolfo's rebound goal with 1:51 remaining.

There was a scary moment for Tampa Bay goalie Mike Smith with 5:44 left in the second. Smith, who missed most of the second half last season with concussion-related symptoms, was knocked to the ice when Malone hit Langenbrunner after an in-close shot.

"I didn't think about my head when I got hit. It was more my upper back," said Smith, who had a cut next to his right eye. "Felt like it cracked every bone in my back. I'll be all right, but probably will be sore tomorrow."

After a brief delay, Smith remained in the game and finished with 31 saves.

"I was scared," Malone said. "We're fortunate it's not more serious than what happened."

NOTES: New Jersey RW Brendan Shananan cleared waivers on Wednesday. He had been placed on the non-roster list Monday. ... Former NHL All-Star Mark Parrish signed a professional tryout contract with Norfolk, the Lightning's AHL affiliate.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:46
NJD
PPG - Zach Parise (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Travis Zajac (1), Paul Martin (1)
1 - 0 NJD
2nd Period
09:49
TBL
Steven Stamkos (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Martin St. Louis (2), Victor Hedman (2)
1 - 1 Tie
18:09
NJD
Jay Pandolfo (1) Backhand shot - ASST: David Clarkson (3), Rob Niedermayer (1)
2 - 1 NJD
3rd Period
01:52
TBL
PPG - Steven Stamkos (2) Snap shot - ASST: Martin St. Louis (3), Vincent Lecavalier (2)
2 - 2 Tie
05:41
TBL
Todd Fedoruk (1) Snap shot - ASST: Victor Hedman (3), Mattias Ohlund (2)
3 - 2 TBL
19:59
NJD
Travis Zajac (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Andy Greene (1), Zach Parise (2)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDTBLNJDTOTAL
1S. Stamkos
Z. Parise
0 - 1
2A. Tanguay
J. Langenbrunner
0 - 2
penalty summary
1st Period
03:20
TBL
James Wright  Hi-sticking against  Travis Zajac
14:16
TBL
Victor Hedman  Slashing against  Dainius Zubrus
2nd Period
10:08
NJD
Bryce Salvador  Interference against  Steve Downie
14:45
NJD
Johnny Oduya  Holding against  Drew Miller
18:48
NJD
Bryce Salvador  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
18:48
TBL
Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Bryce Salvador
3rd Period
01:40
NJD
Ilkka Pikkarainen  Too many men/ice - bench
10:50
NJD
Dainius Zubrus  Holding against  Steven Stamkos
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Martin Brodeur
SA: 44TOI: 63:41
Saves: 41EV: 31 - 33
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .932SH: 0 - 0
Mike Smith
SA: 34TOI: 65:00
Saves: 31EV: 30 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .912SH: 0 - 0