What it means: Aided by three-point efforts from both captain Zach Parise and rookie Adam Henrique, the Devils delivered a dominant three-goal second period that boosted them over the floundering Bolts 5-4. Lightning star Steven Stamkos scored twice in the third to single-handedly whittle the Devils' lead to one goal, but the Devils held on to preserve the victory and improve to 15-13-1.
Rookie on a roll: With the first three-point game of his NHL career, Henrique recorded his 23rd point of the season, good for second among league rookies (Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has 32). The 21-year-old pivot now has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in the last eight games.
Parise pots ninth: Parise tallied his ninth goal of the season less than a minute into the second period. Parise finished with one goal and two assists in the middle frame, picking up helpers on both Ilya Kovalchuk and Henrique’s second-period markers.
Killing the bolts: The Devils’ league-leading penalty kill was outstanding once again in thwarting four straight Tampa Bay power-play opportunities in the second period. The vaunted unit, which entered Monday’s match with a stellar 93.4% kill rate, celebrated its 6th shorthanded goal of the season when Henrique scored on a rush at 13:23.
Trading pairs: Dainius Zubrus’ deflection in front at 5:38 gave the Devils a comfortable 2-0 lead but the Bolts rallied back with a pair of goals in a span of 1:20 late in the first – Steve Downie beat Johan Hedberg from the left circle at 17:34 and Blair Jones knotted the teams at 2 with 1:06 remaining.
Quick strike: Devils winger Petr Sykora’s marker 28 seconds into play gave the Devils an early 1-0 lead. Sykora backhanded a juicy rebound past Bolts goaltender Dwayne Roloson for his sixth goal of the season.
Pre-game trade: Less than an hour before puck drop, the Devils announced a trade to acquire Ducks defenseman and power-play specialist Kurtis Foster and goaltending prospect Timo Pielmeier from Anaheim. The Devils sent forward Rod Pelley, defenseman Mark Fraser and a 2012 seventh round draft pick to the Ducks in the deal. Foster, 30, has one goal and one assist for Anaheim this season. He also spent two games with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.
Up next: Devils at Panthers, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.