Sports Hall has goal, 2 assists as Devils rally past Lightning, 5-2

06:21  17 april  2018
06:21  17 april  2018 Source:   msn.com

Potent Lightning display depth, beat Devils 5-2 in Game 1

  Potent Lightning display depth, beat Devils 5-2 in Game 1 Potent Lightning display depth, beat Devils 5-2 in Game 1The top seed in the Eastern Conference got early goals from four players — none of them named Nikita Kucherov or Steven Stamkos — before holding off the New Jersey Devils for a 5-2 victory Thursday night in Game 1 of the first-round series.

Hall had a goal and two assists , setting up Stefan Noesen's game-winner with 7:05 play, and Cory Schneider made 34 saves in shoring up the goaltending and leading the Devils to a 5 - 2 victory over the penalty-prone Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night in Game 3 of their best-of-7 first-round series.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — With the New Jersey Devils ' first playoff appearance since 2012 starting to look like an early exit, Taylor Hall came up big — just like he has done all season. Hall had a goal and two assists , setting up Stefan Noesen's game-winner with 7:05 play

New Jersey Devils right wing Stefan Noesen (23) and Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) fight during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series, Monday, April 16, 2018, in Newark, N.J.© AP Photo/Julio Cortez New Jersey Devils right wing Stefan Noesen (23) and Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) fight during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series, Monday, April 16, 2018, in Newark, N.J.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP)-- Taylor Hall had a goal and two assists, setting up Stefan Noesen's game-winner with 7:05 play, and the New Jersey Devils scored four times in the third to claw their way back into their first-round series with Tampa Bay on Monday night, beating the Lightning 5-2 in Game 3.

Rookie Will Butcher had a power-play goal earlier in the third to tie the score 2-all, and Blake Coleman and Ben Lovejoy added empty net goals late. Cory Schneider made 34 saves while starting in place of Keith Kinkaid and giving the Devils a chance in their first playoff series since 2012.

Report: Devils' Schneider to start Game 3 vs. Lightning

  Report: Devils' Schneider to start Game 3 vs. Lightning The New Jersey Devils are going back to their No. 1 man between the pipes, as goaltender Cory Schneider will be starting in net Monday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Schneider lost his starting job down the stretch to backup Keith Kinkaid, who had been the more consistent of the two netminders since the start of the second half of the season.

Taylor Hall had a goal and two assists , setting up Stefan Noesen's game-winner with 7:05 left, as the New Jersey Devils scored four third-period goals to claw their way back into their first-round series with Tampa Bay, beating the Lightning 5 - 2

Hall had a goal and two assists , setting up Stefan Noesen's game-winner with 7:05 play, and Cory Schneider made 34 saves in shoring up the goaltending and leading the Devils to a 5 - 2 victory over the penalty-prone Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night in Game 3 of their best-of-7 first-round series.

Schneider, who seemed to hurt his groin in a collision with Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh midway through the final period, survived a late power play to nail down the win.

Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos each had a power-play goal and an assist for the Lightning. Nikita Kucherov added two assists, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves in the game that had a major scrum with 23 seconds to go.

Game 4 of the best-of-seven series will be Wednesday night at the Prudential Center, which was stuffed with fans wearing red.

Hall was the Devils' MVP during their stunning run from the worst team in the Eastern Conference to the postseason in a year, and he didn't disappoint in their biggest game of the season.

Hall skated down the right boards, avoided a check by Tyler Johnson in center ice and found Noesen in the left circle with a cross-ice pass that the forward one-timed past Vasilevskiy.

Red-hot Hall not slowing down in 1st taste of playoffs

  Red-hot Hall not slowing down in 1st taste of playoffs Everybody knew Taylor Hall was chomping at the bit for his first taste of playoff hockey, and he sure is making the most of it. Hall notched two points in his playoff debut in Game 1 last week, and facing a must-win situation Monday night versus the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Hart Trophy candidate delivered yet another huge performance. In over 22 minutes of action, Hall collected three points. He scored the Devils' first goal of the game, got the primary assist on the power play to tie things at 2-2 in the third period, and added another primary helper on the eventual game-winner as New Jersey came away with a 5-2 victory.

Hall had a goal and two assists , setting up Stefan Noesen's game-winner with 7:05 play, and Cory Schneider made 34 saves in shoring up the goaltending and leading the Devils to a 5 - 2 victory over the penalty-prone Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night in Game 3 of their best-of-7 first-round series.

Hall had a goal and two assists , setting up Stefan Noesen's game-winner with 7:05 play, and Cory Schneider made 34 saves in shoring up the goaltending and leading the Devils to a 5 - 2 victory over the penalty-prone Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night in Game 3 of their best-of-7 first-round series.

Butcher had tied it at 4:03 of the period, just 24 seconds after the Lightning were penalized for having too many men on the ice during a penalty kill.

The Lightning, who scored on 3 of 4 power plays in the first two games, converted on two more in Game 3.

Stamkos gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead just 38 seconds into the third with a shot from the left circle that squeezed between Schneider's arm and body and dribbled into the net. It was his first goal of the series.

Tampa Bay, which never trailed in winning the first two games, took the lead again 42 seconds into the second period on Killorn's third power-play goal of the series and fourth overall. Kucherov sent a pass from behind the goal line that Killorn redirected into the net before Schneider could move.

Hall tied the game 1-all with an unassisted goal at 12:24. Vasilevskiy made an excellent stop on a shot from near the blue line by Kyle Palmieri. The puck was misplayed by the Lightning and went to Hall between the circles and he ripped a shot past Vasilevskiy.

Hall could have had more. He hit the crossbar on a first-period breakaway.

NOTES: Center J.T. Miller of the Lightning had to leave the ice late in the second period after sustaining a facial cut. He returned for the third period. ... Devils captain Andy Greene had assists on goals by Noesen and Lovejoy. ... Killorn and Johnson each skated in their 50th career playoff game. ... C Cory Conacher replaced the injured Ryan Callahan (upper body) in the Lightning lineup. ... Devils F Michael Grabner, who was acquired from the Rangers in February, was a healthy scratch after playing in the first two games. Mirco Mueller also sat as New Jersey dressed six defensemen instead of seven used in Game 2.

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