Hall, Devils show life

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - SCOREBOARD -

NE­WARK, N.J. — Tay­lor Hall had a goal and two as­sists, set­ting up Ste­fan Noe­sen’s win­ner with 7:05 play, and the New Jer­sey Devils scored four times in the third to claw their way back into their first-round se­ries with Tampa Bay on Mon­day night, beat­ing the Light­ning 5-2 in Game 3.

Rookie Will Butcher had a power-play goal ear­lier in the third to tie the score 2-all, and Blake Coleman and Ben Love­joy added empty net goals late. Cory Sch­nei­der made 34 saves while start­ing in place of Keith Kinkaid and giv­ing the Devils a chance in their first play­off se­ries since 2012.

Sch­nei­der, who seemed to hurt his groin in a col­li­sion with Light­ning de­fense­man Ryan McDon­agh mid­way through the fi­nal pe­riod, sur­vived a late power play to nail down the win.

Alex Kil­lorn and Steven Stamkos each had a pow­er­play goal and an as­sist for the Light­ning. Nikita Kucherov added two as­sists, and An­drei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves in the game that had a ma­jor scrum with 23 sec­onds to go.

Game 4 of the best-of­seven se­ries will be Wed­nes­day night at the Pru­den­tial Cen­ter, which was stuffed with fans wear­ing red.

Hall was the Devils’ MVP dur­ing their stun­ning run from the worst team in the Eastern Con­fer­ence to the post­sea­son in a year, and he didn’t dis­ap­point in their big­gest game of the sea­son.

Hall skated down the right boards, avoided a check by Tyler John­son in cen­ter ice and found Noe­sen in the left cir­cle with a cross-ice pass that the for­ward one-timed past Vasilevskiy.

Butcher had tied it at 4:03 of the pe­riod, just 24 sec­onds af­ter the Light­ning were pe­nal­ized for hav­ing too many men on the ice dur­ing a penalty kill.

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