TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Johnson scored his second goal, an overtime power play effort, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Thursday night.
Johnson scored from along the goal line 1:22 into the extra session.
Nikita Nesterov and Steven Stamkos also scored for the playoff-bound Lightning, who are battling Montreal for the Atlantic Division title. Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat had three assists apiece.
New Jersey, 1-6-3 over its last 10 games, got two goals from Steve Bernier, while Patrik Elias had the other Devils goal. Scott Gomez and Adam Henrique both had two assists.
The Devils nearly took a late lead in the third period, but Mike Cammalleri’s shot hit the post.
After Stamkos scored his 43rd goal on a power play late in the second, Bernier got his second goal to make it 3-3 just 16 seconds later,
Nesterov put the Lightning up 2-1 by beating Keith Kinkaid with a blue line shot during a power play midway in the first period.
Elias pulled the Devils even after lifting a shot from the low right circle over Ben Bishop midway in the second. Elias tied John LeClair and Rod Gilbert for 87th place all-time with 406 goals.
Bernier opened the scoring 5:06 into the game after picking up a loose puck in the left circle following a power-play faceoff.
Johnson tied it at 1 just 80 seconds after Bernier’s goal.
NOTES: Tampa Bay D Victor Hedman (lower body) played and picked up an assist after sitting out three games. … New Jersey C Stephen Gionta (back) returned after missing three games and had an assist. … Lightning D Jason Garrison (upper body), D Braydon Coburn (lower body), D Andrej Sustr (upper body) and C Alex Killorn (undisclosed) are all practicing on a limited basis. … The Devils recalled D Seth Helgeson and D Raman Hrabarenka from Albany of the AHL, and both were in the lineup. Hrabarenka made his NHL debut. … New Jersey scratched D Eric Gelinas (ribs) and D Jon Merrill (leg). … The Lightning signed F Cam Darcy to a three-year contract.
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