Tampa, Fla. – McKenzie Blackwood stopped a penalty shot in the third period for one of his 31 saves, New Jersey’s four goals in the third period and Yegor Sarankovich scored his second goal of the game and the Devils defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-. 3 Saturday.
New Jersey scored goals from Dawson Mercer, Jimmy Vesey and Tomas Tatar.
John Rutta, Pat Maroon and Victor Hedman scored the Lightning goal, ending a nine-game series. Andrei Vasilevsky made 22 saves.
Sharankovich, assisted, put New Jersey up 4-3 at 9:34 to start the Devils’ third straight goal from the lower left circle. Tatar was aiming for an empty net.
Rutta opened the scoring with 5:49 left in the game, but when the center stopped a 16-game goal drought, Sarankovich tied it in the first game of six minutes. Then in the third power play of Tampa Bay the Maroon gave up 2-1 Lightning with 1:45 left in the first.
Tampa Bay took a 3-1 lead at 6:17 of the second, with Hedman skating alone from the blue line and scoring a goal from the left circle by a pass from Boris Cachauk.
Mercer led the Devils to 3-2 with a nifty goal of 1:12. He started to skate around the trap but returned with his stick and filled the puck behind Vasilevsky.
Shortly after Blackwood saved a spectacular glove at Alex Killorn during a two-man split, Vesey broke it 3-3 at 5:39.