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Lacavalier forces OT, Andreychuk wins it

3/5/2004

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.