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Point has five points, Lightning defeat Devils

Kucherov, Coburn each scores two goals for Tampa Bay

by Corey Long / Correspondent

TAMPA -- Brayden Point had an NHL career-high five points to help the Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the New Jersey Devils 8-3 at Amalie Arena on Tuesday.

Point had a goal and four assists, and Braydon Coburn and Nikita Kucherov each scored two goals for the Lightning (8-2-1), who scored five unanswered goals after trailing 2-0. Steven Stamkos and Ryan McDonagh each had a goal and two assists, and Yanni Gourde had three assists.

"We laid a bit of an egg there in Arizona and to respond the way we did was awesome," Point said, referring to the 7-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. "It's a good bounce back for sure. It was a good game and I thought our line skated well, so it's good to be rewarded."


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Miles Wood, Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri scored for New Jersey (5-3-1), which is 1-3-1 in its past five games.

"They were better in basically every facet of the game," Devils coach John Hynes said. "We've got to learn some lessons from it, address some things tomorrow and make sure we're ready to go against Detroit."

Coburn got Tampa Bay within 2-1 at 7:30 of the first period and scored again at 13:30 to tie it 2-2. It was his first two-goal game since Oct. 31, 2009, against the Carolina Hurricanes when he was a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Video: NJD@TBL: Coburn joins rush, pots second goal

"I feel like I've been skating well and getting some good chances here the first few games of the season," Coburn said. "It was nice to be rewarded offensively."

Point gave the Lightning a 3-2 lead with a goal off a rebound at the left post 31 seconds into the second period. Kucherov made it 4-2 at 6:33 with a power-play goal. 

Video: NJD@TBL: Point buries loose puck in the crease

Stamkos scored his 350th NHL goal at 8:08 on a 5-on-3 power play to make it 5-2.

"It's obviously nice to score goals," Stamkos said. "It's always nice to get an accomplishment like that. It's not the first thing on my mind right now. We just want to keep getting better out there."

Palmieri scored a power-play goal at 16:47 to make it 5-3. Tyler Johnson made it 6-3 at 3:40 of the third period, and Kucherov's second goal made it 7-3 at 5:02. McDonagh's first goal of the season gave the Lightning an 8-3 lead at 5:51.

Video: NJD@TBL: Palmieri banks PPG off McDonagh's stick

Wood scored at 1:01 of the first to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. Zajac made it 2-0 at 5:04.

"We were in the game right away, we were up 2-0," Devils center Nico Hischier said. "I think the game just slipped away. After those power-play goals against us we slipped away, we stopped forechecking, we stopped hitting them. It's not our game."

Keith Kinkaid made 31 saves on 38 shots before being pulled for Cory Schneider at 5:02 of the third.

Schneider made five saves on six shots in his season debut. He had surgery May 1 to repair cartilage in his left hip. He last played in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Lightning on April 21

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves for Tampa Bay.

Video: NJD@TBL: Vasilevskiy denies Johansson and Palmieri

"I thought we were pretty focused going into this game and then to have two scored on you in the first four minutes … you're scratching your head a little bit," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "The good thing is you look up and there is 56 minutes left. It wasn't ideal but clearly a pretty good bounce back the rest of the game for the guys."


They said it

"It's how do you respond, how do you flip the ice? They're going to have momentum changes in there. It's how do we stop it right away, how do we flip the ice and go back at them?" -- Devils captain Andy Greene

"For a couple of years now with this team there's always a belief that we should win games if we play the right way. It doesn't matter if it's 1-0, 2-0 early ... when it's that early in the game you just have to get the next one." -- Lightning captain Steven Stamkos


Need to know

Devils forward Taylor Hall had an assist to extend his point streak to eight games. ... New Jersey defenseman Ben Lovejoy had three blocked shots and a hit in 16:17 of ice time in his return to the lineup after missing three games (lower body). … Lightning forward J.T. Miller had an assist for his 200th NHL point. ... Kucherov took a puck off the inside of his knee late in the second period and had to be helped to the bench but returned for the start of the third. 

Video: NJD@TBL: Kucherov fires one-timer on the power play


What's next

Devils: At the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Lightning: Host the Nashville Predators on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

Video: Lightning score eight in rout of Devils

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