Series (Game 2 of 4)

Tampa Bay leads 4-0

Game 1: Saturday, October 18th
Game 2: Friday, January 9th
Game 3: Friday, March 5th
Game 4: Thursday, March 25th

Lightning 4

(18-15-1, 43 pts)

Devils 1

(20-10-1, 50 pts)

7:30 PM ET, January 9, 2004

IZOD Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey

1 2 3 T
TB 1 0 34
NJ 1 0 01

C. Stillman (Lightning - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

M. St. Louis (Lightning - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. Grahame (Lightning - G): Saves: 18, Save Pct.: .947

Tampa Bay at New Jersey (20-9-9-1) 7:30 pm EST

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Devils try to rebound from a sluggish showing on home ice when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night.

The Devils are 4-4-2-1 in their last 11 games and just 2-3-2-1 in their last eight contests.

New Jersey coach Pat Burns is hoping his harsh words following Wednesday's 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh will get the Devils going again.

"We were unmotivated, undisciplined and uninspired - all those great words," he said following Wednesday's game. "Was it preparation, was it motivation? I'll take responsibility for that, but once they go on the ice, it's up to them. I'm going to have to check hearts and heads and see what the problem is."

Facing a team that had been winless in 11 straight road games, the Devils faced a 3-0 hole through 28 minutes. Among the mistakes was a gaffe by defenseman Scott Niedermayer, who shoved the puck toward Martin Brodeur and the goaltender had the puck hit his stick and trickle in.

Both Niedermayer and Brodeur were named All-Star starters on Thursday.

The Lightning posted a 3-2 win in their first visit to New Jersey in October.

The Lightning were 11-2-2-1 following a 2-1 home win over Buffalo on November 22. But they are 6-13-4 since.

Tampa Bay is two points behind Atlanta for first place in the Southeast Division.

The Lightning improved to 1-1-0 on a five-game road trip with Thursday's 4-1 win at Montreal.

Martin St. Louis figured in all four goals Thursday. Voted to the Eastern Conference All-Star team before the game, St. Louis scored twice and set up tallies by Fredrik Modin and Ruslan Fedotenko.