TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Cory Schneider made 26 saves, Mike Cammalleri had a tiebreaking goal in the third period, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Tuesday night to extend their season-opening winning streak to three games, all on the road.
Travis Zajac had the other New Jersey goal.
Alex Killorn scored for the Lightning, who completed a season-opening four game homestand at 2-1-1. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 23 shots in his Tampa Bay debut.
With Lightning star Steven Stamkos serving a minor penalty, Cammalleri gave New Jersey a 2-1 lead from near the post at 11:19 of the third.
Killorn tied it 1-all by beating Schneider from in-close off a nifty pass from Tyler Johnson 8:59 into the third.
Zajac put the Devils up 1-0 with a rebound goal 7:38 into the second after Nabokov stopped the center’s initial shot.
The Lightning had the first seven shots, including a wraparound by Nikita Kucherov that Schneider and forward Tuomo Ruutu combined to stop along the goal line. The no-goal call was upheld by a video review.
Nabokov made a post-to-post save on Michael Ryder’s in-close shot late in the first and stopped Jaromir Jagr’s third-period breakaway backhander.
Nabokov was signed as a free agent in July to backup Ben Bishop.
Ondrej Palat hit the post on an early second-period power play for Tampa Bay.
Schneider made a point-blank save on Valtteri Filppula during the opening minute of third.
NOTES: Tampa Bay rookie F Jonathan Drouin (broken right thumb) resumed taking faceoffs in practice and expects to soon add contact drills. “We’re just happy with the progress so far,” Drouin said. “It’s getting closer and closer now.” Drouin still has some pain in the thumb. … Jagr played in his 1,476th NHL game, which is eight away from tying Rod Brind’Amour for 18th place all-time. … Lightning D Radko Gudas didn’t play due to a lower-body injury. … New Jersey F Patrik Elias had an assist and tied Dino Ciccarelli for 80th place all-time with 592.
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