"I have full confidence in the team," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "We need to find a way to finally get some points there. We've just got to continue going about our business and certainly not get down about anything."
Gionta and Clarkson scored 42 seconds apart in the second to give New Jersey a 3-1 lead. After Gionta scored from the left circle at 12:19, Clarkson extended the lead to two goals during a two-on-one at 13:01.
Gionta's power-play goal earlier in the period, at 4:49, had tied it at 1. Jamie Langenbrunner had an assist on the goal, giving him six in the last three games.
Lecavalier put the Lightning ahead 1-0 from the high slot 35 seconds into the second period. Seven of his 16 goals this season have come in the past six games.
Ward cut Tampa Bay's deficit to 3-2 with his first goal in 14 games, coming on the power play at 36 seconds of the third.
Brodeur, one of two NHL goalies with 500 or more wins, stopped 14 of 15 shots by the Lightning during the second. The victory was the 503rd of Brodeur, with only Patrick Roy (551) ahead of him on the all-time list.
Tampa Bay was outplayed for most of a scoreless first period and easily could have been down several goals without the strong play of Johan Holmqvist. The Lightning goalie stopped 13 shots, including in-close chances by Clarkson and Gionta in the opening minute.
Holmqvist finished with 18 saves.
Former Devils coach Pat Burns, who stepped down from his coaching position because of cancer in 2005, is scouting for New Jersey. The Florida resident, a regular at Tampa Bay home games this season, sat in the press box with New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello. ... Tampa Bay D Filip Kuba didn't play due to an abdominal injury. ... Lightning C Ryan Craig left in the first with a left knee injury. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI. ... Steve Williamson, of Orlando, Fla., completed his trip of visiting all 30 NHL arenas in 30 days. ... After the game, Tampa Bay sent D Dan Jancevski to Norfolk of the AHL. He played in two games after being called up from the minors Nov. 20.
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Arena: Tampa Bay Times Forum Location: Tampa, Florida
Referees: Eric Furlatt, Brad Meier Linesmen: Jonny Murray, Mark Pare
Attendance: 19,077 (96.6% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Vincent Lecavalier (16)
Assists: Martin St. Louis, Shane O'Brien
Brian Gionta (6)
(Power Play) Assists: Zach Parise, Jamie Langenbrunner
Brian Gionta (7)
Assists: Travis Zajac, Zach Parise
David Clarkson (2)
Assists: John Madden, Jay Pandolfo
Jason Ward (3)
(Power Play) Assists: Paul Ranger, Vincent Lecavalier