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December 04, 2009
Game 26: Devils Beat Lightning 3-2

    The New Jersey Devils defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 at the Prudential Center on Friday, December 4, 2009.

    The Lightning outshot the Devils 7-5 in the first period, which ended with the game still scoreless.

    Vincent Lecavalier beat Martin Brodeur at 1:26 of the second period to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead.

    The Lightning outshot the Devils 9-6 in the second period, which ended with Tampa Bay leading 1-0.

    Brian Rolston beat Antero Niittymaki at 1:15 of the third period on a power-play to tie the game, 1-1.   Rob Niedermayer assisted on Rolston's ninth goal of the season.

    Niclas Bergfors gave the Devils a 2-1 lead with a goal at 5:14.   Vladimir Zharkov was credited with the only assist on Bergfors' eighth goal of the season.   The assist was the first career NHL point for Zharkov.

    Steve Downie tied the game with a power-play goal at 17:00.

    Jamie Langenbrunner won the game for New Jersey by tipping the puck past Niittymaki with just 39 seconds remaining in regulation time.   Langenbrunner's sixth goal of the season was assisted by Andy Greene and Brian Rolston.

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