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April 28, 2003
Round 2 Game 3: Devils Rally, But Fall to Lightning: 4-3

    The New Jersey Devils were defeated by the Lightning, 4-3, in Tampa Bay on Monday, April 28, 2003.

    Scott Stevens took a puck to the face on his first shift, less than 2 minutes into the first period.

    With the Lightning already on a power-play the Devils took another penalty - on the delayed call, Vinnie Prospal beat Martin Brodeur at 4:19 of the first period to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead.

    Martin St. Louis gave the Lightning a 2-0 lead at 9:21 of the first after taking a nice feed from Brad Richards.

    The Devils didn't get their first shot on goal until 9:48 of the first - after Tampa had already scored twice.

    Fredrik Modin slapped the puck past Martin Brodeur from a bad angle at 16:16 of the first to increase the Lightning's lead to 3-0.

    The first period ended with Tampa Bay leading New Jersey, 3-0.   The Lightning outshot the Devils, 12-8 in the period.

    John Madden slapped the puck through the legs of Nikolai Khabibulin at 6:38 of the second period on the power-play to cut Tampa lead to 3-1.   Jamie Langenbrunner and Scott Niedermayer assisted on Madden's 4th goal of the playoffs.

    Grant Marshall scored just 56 seconds after Madden's goal to get the Devils back within one goal of the Lightning.   Scott Gomez and Patrik Elias assisted on Marshall's 2nd goal of the playoffs.

    Jeff Friesen tied the game with a blast past Khabibulin that was shot so hard, that it had to be reviewed before being made official.   Brian Gionta and Joe Nieuwendyk assisted on Friesen's 2nd goal of the playoffs.

    The second period ended with the game tied, 3-3.   The Devils outshot the Lightning, 10-9 in the period.

    Dave Andreychuk beat Martin Brodeur at 6:08 of the third period, to give the Lightning a 4-3 lead.

    The game ended with the Lightning defeating the Devils, 4-3.   The Devils outshot the Lightning, 9-8 in the third period, but were outshot 29-27 in the game.


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