Final OT

Series (Game 3 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

Devils 2

(34-20-2, 81 pts)

Lightning 3

(38-17-5, 88 pts)

7:30 PM ET, March 5, 2004

Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

1 2 3 OT T
NJ 0 2 0 02
TB 1 0 1 13

D. Andreychuk (Lightning - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

V. Lecavalier (Lightning - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. Madden (Devils - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Lacavalier forces OT, Andreychuk wins it

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning stole two points.

Dave Andreychuk scored with 2:43 left in overtime, and the Lightning set a franchise record with a seventh straight victory, 3-2 Friday night over the New Jersey Devils.

"We were definitely outplayed," Andreychuk said. "We showed character to stay in the game. I think it's going to be a little wake-up call."

Andreychuk scored on a backhander. It was his 15th goal of the season and 628th overall. Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier tied the game with 9.6 seconds left in the regulation, beating Martin Brodeur on a wrist shot from the slot after Pavel Kubina split the defense at the blue line.

"It will be hard to swallow this one," Devils coach Pat Burns said. "I don't know what to say. They didn't dominate us. They dominated us for a minute, 30 seconds."

The Devils outshot Tampa Bay 32-22. The Lightning have the best record in the Eastern Conference.

"We get the two points and a lesson," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "Right from the get-go, I don't think we were sharp mentally. We end up finding a way to win."

Torrid Andreychuk has seven goals and 12 points during a seven-game point-scoring streak. Dmitry Afanasenkov also scored for the Lightning, and Nikolai Khabibulin turned aside 30 shots.

John Madden and Jeff Friesen had second-period goals for the Devils, losers in three of their last four games.

"They didn't really do much. I thought we took it to them real well," Brodeur said. "Khabibulin made some great saves when the game was 2-1. If it were any other goalie, the game would have been over. They're a hot team right now."

Afanasenkov put the Lightning up 1-0 from the low slot at 9:30 of the first period, snapping a 21-game goal-scoring drought.

Madden tied it at 1-all 1:20 into the second period. His first goal in 30 games came from along the goal line near the left wing boards.

Friesen made a nice move on Lightning defenseman Darryl Sydor and then gave the Devils a 2-1 lead on wrist shot from the right circle with 6:04 left in the second period.

Brodeur stopped Martin St. Louis on a short-handed breakaway late in the period. He finished with 19 saves.

"We played a pretty strong game, a pretty smart game," Devils defenseman Scott Niedermayer said. "We made a little mistake and they made us pay for it."

Game notes

St. Louis' 13-game point streak ended. He had eight goals and 23 points during the stretch. ... The Devils acquired C Jan Hrdina from Phoenix for C Mike Rupp and a 2004 second-round draft pick. ... Khabibulin won his 78th game with Tampa Bay, the most ever by a Lightning goalie. He has won seven straight, which established another team mark. ... Lightning C Brad Richards had an assist to extend his point streak to 10 games (12 assists and 18 points). ... New Jersey RW Brian Gionta was cut on the side of his nose after being hit by a shot early in the second period. He received stitches, but did not return.

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