Pivotal Game 3 as Lightning look to further control series vs. Devils

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In over 22 minutes of action, Hall collected three points.

The New Jersey Devils won their first playoff game in six years Monday night at the Prudential Center, an emotionally-charged 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of their best-of-seven first-round series.

The roof almost blew off The Rock when Hall tied the game 1-1 at 12:24 of the second, and it was just what the Devils needed from their star after Alex Killorn's power-play goal put the Lightning ahead just 42 seconds into the second period, and it seemed like it was only a matter of time before Hall got on the scoresheet. "Sometimes you've got to make a few saves to do that. This is something I think he takes a lot of pride in was not only getting us to the playoffs, but it's one of those things when you look at our team, you can ask, 'Are they just happy to be in the playoffs, or are they just happy to get in?'" Devils coach John Hynes said.

After this, the Devils rode every ounce of momentum it gave them. 3-2 Devils and the Prudential Center went insane.

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Taylor Hall had waited a long time to hear the roar of the crowd, to feel this particular set of nerves while standing on the blue line at the start of a home game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point and Tyler Johnson also scored for Tampa Bay, which is up 2-0 in the series after going 0-2-1 against the Devils during the regular season. They scored four unanswered goals from four different players in route to cutting Tampa's series lead in half. He then whipped a pass to Noesen, who took a shot from the right circle past Vasilevskiy.

No matter who starts in goal, the Devils need to tighten up their overall defensive game and find ways to slow down the potent Lightning power play, which converted on three of its four opportunities in Games 1 and 2. Logan Couture had a goal and two assists, Joe Pavelski, Evander Kane and Timo Meier scored power-play goals in the third period, for the Sharks, who have outscored the Ducks 14-3 through the first three games of the first-round series. Killorn scored his fourth goal of the series by tipping Kucherov's centering pass from the left corner over Schneider's stick. Why the fans chanted "M-V-P!" following his goal at 12:24 of the second period which tied the game, 1-1? Hall collected a loose rebound in the high slot and fired a rolling puck past Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. He hit the crossbar on a first-period breakaway. The scoring still did not heat up much in the second period as the Lightning pushed one across before a Taylor Hall equalizer, the usual for the Devs. He returned for the third period.

NOTES: Center J.T. Miller of the Lightning had to leave the ice late in the second period after sustaining a facial cut. Devils captain Andy Greene had assists on goals by Noesen and Lovejoy. C Cory Conacher replaced the injured Ryan Callahan (upper body) in the Lightning lineup.