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Round 1 | Lightning vs. Devils

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Hischier eager to build on successful rookie season with Devils

19-year-old center impressed with two-way play, desire for improvement

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

TAMPA -- Nico Hischier didn't want the most exhilarating hockey experience of his first season as a member of the New Jersey Devils to come to an end.

He found it tough expressing exactly what his rookie season truly meant when he sat at his locker stall long after the Tampa Bay Lightning eliminated the Devils with a 3-1 win in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

He wanted more.

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Devils hurt by playoff inexperience in first-round loss to Lightning

Special-teams struggles, inability to finish too much for New Jersey to overcome

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The New Jersey Devils beat the odds by qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs one season after finishing last in the Eastern Conference.

Despite losing the best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round to the Atlantic Division champion Tampa Bay Lightning in five games, it appears the rebuild that began three seasons ago under the watch of general manager Ray Shero is ahead of schedule.

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Lightning led by Kucherov, defense in first round against Devils

Forward's play, strong penalty kill help Tampa Bay advance in playoffs

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

The Tampa Bay Lightning have advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third time in the past four seasons.

The Lightning, who scored 18 goals in their first-round series against the New Jersey Devils, advanced with a 3-1 win in Game 5 at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

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Lightning will play Bruins or Maple Leafs in Eastern Second Round

Eliminate Devils in five games, will have home-ice advantage

by Mike Battaglino / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round and will play the Boston Bruins or Toronto Maple Leafs.

Tampa Bay defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-1 in Game 5 on Saturday to end that first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series.

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Kucherov a difference-maker in Lightning series win against Devils

Forward set Tampa Bay record with 10 points, had deciding goal in Game 5 clincher

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

TAMPA -- Any notion that Nikita Kucherov was wearing down at a point in the season when the Tampa Bay Lightning needed him most is a distant memory after his performance against the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference First Round.

Kucherov, who had two goals, three assists and a minus-3 rating in his last eight regular-season games, was a player on a mission once the Stanley Cup Playoffs began.

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Lightning defeat Devils, advance to second round

Kucherov scores fifth goal of series; Tampa Bay will face Bruins or Maple Leafs next

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round with a 3-1 win against the New Jersey Devils in Game 5 of the first round at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

Tampa Bay will play the Boston Bruins or Toronto Maple Leafs next. The Bruins lead the series 3-2.

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5 Keys: Devils at Lightning, Game 5

Tampa Bay tries to advance to second round; special teams pivotal for New Jersey

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

DEVILS at LIGHTNING

3 p.m. ET; NBC, NBCSN, SN360, TVAS2

Tampa Bay leads best-of-7 series 3-1

 

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to close out the Eastern Conference First Round against the New Jersey Devils in Game 5 at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

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Lightning hope Callahan can play against Devils in Game 5

Forward could return from upper-body injury; New Jersey might be without defenseman Vatanen

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

BRANDON, Fla. -- Ryan Callahan will be a game-time decision for the Tampa Bay Lightning when they play the New Jersey Devils in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, NBCSN, SN360, TVAS2).

The Lightning lead the best-of-7 series 3-1.

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Zajac aims to carry load, help Devils extend series against Lightning

Veteran center will be relied upon again by New Jersey in Game 5

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

NEWARK -- The hopes of the New Jersey Devils to extend the Eastern Conference First Round rest heavily on the shoulders of their Mr. Everything, center Travis Zajac.

The Devils, trailing the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 in the best-of-7 series, must win three consecutive games beginning with Game 5 at Amalie Arena on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, NBCSN, SN360, TVAS2) to avoid elimination. 

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Kunitz title chase with Lightning goes through former boss

Veteran forward, Devils GM Shero won Stanley Cup together in 2009

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

TAMPA -- The stall for Chris Kunitz sits between rookie Anthony Cirelli and captain Steven Stamkos within the Tampa Bay Lightning locker room at Amalie Arena.

Not too surprising, because the 38-year-old forward has plenty to impart to players of all ages as a veteran of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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