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Devils Rally to Climb Back Into Series Against Lightning

Devils Rally to Climb Back Into Series Against Lightning

Johansson will play his first game since suffering a concussion on January 23, while Schneider will start his first game in goal in the series. "It's the playoffs. There's going to be battles, there's going to be swings of momentum, but the big thing for me is who won the game". And there were heroes to be found throughout the home team's entire lineup - from Cory Schneider, back in the starter's net and making 34 saves, to Blake Coleman, a warrior all night who was rewarded on the score sheet with an empty net goal, to Stefan Noesen who scored the eventual game-winner at 12:55 of the third period, snapping a 2-2 tie with his first career post-season goal, and so many others in between. "We still have a lot of room to go but it's a nice start".

The Devils tied the game with 7 minutes and 36 seconds remaining in the second when Hall lifted a slap shot from the high shot under Vasilevskiy's legs.

MacKinnon's goal at 4:25 of the second period gave Colorado a 4-0 lead and prompted the Predators to pull Rinne in favor of backup Juuse Saros.

"It's huge. You could see there at the end it getting a little nasty similar to the last game", Schneider said of the win. He had six shots on goal, ten shot attempts, while being double-shifted again by coach John Hynes, logging 22:45 worth of ice-time. "What I mean by that is we can say we had strong pushes in certain things, but I think we did take a step tonight".

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.

Hynes wasn't ready to discuss whether he'll change starting goaltenders for the next game. He was 0-10-2 in his last 12 starts and missed more than a month with a hip/groin injury sustained in a 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on January 23. "I'm not going to speculate on whether we're going to use him or not use him".

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Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos each registered a power-play goal and an assist for Tampa Bay. The goal came moments after Andersen made a stellar glove save from his belly on David Krejci with Nash and Travis Dermott battling in the blue paint. Kucherov's second of the series deflected off Vatanen's stick into New Jersey's net. Ryan Johansen had a second-period goal and Colton Sissons scored another in the third to make it 4-2.

"It helps. It always helps", Schneider said. "It is what it is".

Rickard Rakell scored a power-play goal for Anaheim, which has scored three goals all series - including just one at even strength.

NOTES: Center J.T. Miller of the Lightning had to leave the ice late in the second period after sustaining a facial cut.

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 didnt disappoint in their biggest game of the season.