Kozlov set career highs for points and assists in one game,
helping the Devils sweep two games in Florida. New Jersey, which
spent most of the week in the Tampa area, beat the Panthers 5-1 on
"You can wish for nights like these, but it was a lot better to
see everybody chipping in and coming away with a win," Kozlov
New Jersey got two goals each from Alexander Mogilny and Sergei
Brylin. Mogilny has three since returning Wednesday after missing
four games with a concussion.
"The last couple of weeks you've seen this team starting to
turn the corner," Mogilny said. "It feels good to see us playing
like we know we can."
Former Devils coach Pat Burns, who has cancer, made the trip
from his home in southwest Florida to attend the game. He talked
with coach Larry Robinson and some of the players after the
"It was nice to win one for him," Robinson said.
Fredrik Modin and Martin St. Louis scored for Tampa Bay. The
defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning had a four-game winning
streak end. The last three victories came on a road trip.
"It always seems that the first game back from an extended trip
throughout the league is a struggle and I could sense it in the
pregame skate," Lightning coach John Tortorella said. "It
certainly showed up in our game. I don't think it's the guys coming
in and not wanting to work and being lazy. I'm not going to
The Devils scored on four of their first seven shots against
Tampa Bay goalie Sean Burke in taking a 4-0 lead 13 minutes in.
Mogilny redirected Kozlov's pass through the crease for a 1-0
lead at 4:05. Scott Gomez's backhander at 9:52 and a low-slot goal
by Brylin just 1 minute, 5 seconds later made it 3-0.
Brian Gionta put New Jersey ahead 4-0 with 7:07 left in the
first. He has scored a goal in four consecutive games.
Modin cut the Tampa Bay deficit to 4-1 at 17:09.
After Gionta had his penalty shot stopped by Burke at 3:29 of
the second, Mogilny expanded the Devils' advantage to 5-1 at 5:41.
St. Louis scored 70 seconds later, and Kozlov ended the night
for Burke with a breakaway goal at 9:13. Burke, who allowed six
goals on 17 shots, was replaced by John Grahame.
Brylin extended the Devils lead to 7-2 with 3:02 remaining in
New Jersey got a third-period goal from Jamie Lagenbrunner.
"Everybody contributed," Gomez said. "It was a fun game to
After several hard checks in the waning moments, all 10 skaters
on the ice were involved in a scrum along the center ice boards
after Tampa Bay's Cory Sarich and New Jersey's Zach Parise squared
off with 2:24 left.
Brylin was originally given a kicking penalty and a game
misconduct. After the game it was changed to a game misconduct for
being the third man in. Sarich was given a five-minute penalty for
kneeing. Parise got a double minor for high sticking.
Tampa Bay (9-2-3) lost for the second time in 14 games
against the Devils. ... Gomez has five goals and 12 points during a
seven-game point streak. ... Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk has
not scored a goal in 14 games. The left wing, who has 636 career
goals, scored both this season on Oct. 26 at New Jersey. ... The
Devils acquired D Brad Ference from Phoenix for three minor
leaguers. Ference was assigned to Albany of the AHL. ... Lightning
C Brad Richards had two assists, giving him eight assists and 11
points during a nine-game point streak.
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Arena: Tampa Bay Times Forum Location: Tampa, Florida
Referees: Dan Marouelli, Dan O'Rourke Linesmen: Brian Murphy, Jonny Murray
Attendance: 21,812 (110.4% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Alexander Mogilny (7)
(Power Play) Assists: Viktor Kozlov, Dan McGillis
Scott Gomez (7)
Assists: Viktor Kozlov, Brian Gionta
Sergei Brylin (7)
Assist: Alexander Mogilny
Brian Gionta (15)
Assists: Viktor Kozlov, Vladimir Malakhov
Fredrik Modin (11)
Assists: Martin St. Louis, Brad Richards
Alexander Mogilny (8)
Assists: John Madden, Jay Pandolfo
Martin St. Louis (8)
Assists: Brad Richards, Nolan Pratt
Viktor Kozlov (6)
Assists: Brian Gionta, Dan McGillis
Sergei Brylin (8)
Assists: Jamie Langenbrunner, Viktor Kozlov