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April 12, 2007
R1 Game 1: Devils Off To Good Start - Defeat Lightning 5-3

    The New Jersey Devils took a 1-0 Eastern Conference Quarter Finals lead with a 5-3 win at home over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, April 12, 2007.

    Zach Parise beat Johan Holmqvist at 7:43 of the first period to give New Jersey a 1-0 lead.   Parise's first goal of the post-season was scored unassisted.

    Patrik Elias scored a power-play goal at 12:41 to make it a 2-0 Devils lead.   Scott Gomez and Brian Rafalski assisted on Elias' first goal of the playoffs.

    Martin St. Louis beat Martin Brodeur at 15:55 on a 5 on 3 power-play to cut the Devils lead to 1 goal.

    The first period ended with the Devils leading 2-1.   New Jersey outshot Tampa Bay 10-6 in the period.

    Brian Rafalski scored at 3:36 of the second period on a power-play to make it 3-1 Devils.   Rafalski's first goal of the playoffs was assisted by Scott Gomez and Jamie Langenbrunner.

    Vincent Lecavalier scored at 11:46 to cut the Devils lead to one goal.

    The shots were even, 7-7 in the second period, which ended with New Jersey leading 3-2.

    Lecavalier scored his second goal of the game 2:51 into the third period to tie the game, 3-3.

    Zach Parise regained the Devils lead with a goal just 1:03 after Lecavalier's goal.   Jamie Langenbrunner assisted on Parise's second goal of the game.

    Brian Gionta sealed the win with a goal at 18:38, giving the Dvils a 5-3 lead.   Scott Gomez and Patrik Elias assisted on Gionta's first goal of the playoffs.

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