Lightning-Devils: Grading the Lightning's 5-3 victory Saturday in Game 2

Lightning-Devils: Grading the Lightning's 5-3 victory Saturday in Game 2

The home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings between these two teams and despite how ugly the first two games of this series have been, the Devils have been on the winning side in three of the last five games overall. Now it's up to the Devils to change the narrative as the series shifts to Newark, but that may be easier said than done.

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17) is congratulated by center Steven Stamkos (91) as he scores a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period of game two of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Over 120 minutes of playoff hockey, the Lightning have not trailed for a single second. The New Jersey Devils have allowed a combined 15 goals in their last three games.

"When we wake up tomorrow, you look back and say: 'OK, which parts of the game did we do well.' And we'll be able to look at a lot of that tape and say we did really well. They still have to win two more to put us out, and we're going to battle on home ice to get that back".

That business-like approach is echoed throughout the experienced Lightning dressing room.

That experience showed in the first two games as the Lightning handled momentum swings in a smoother fashion that far-less experienced Devils.

It's on to Monday night.

It's great to play well, even better to win.

While the Devils had surges in the opening two games in Tampa, there is much room for improvement up and down their lineup. That proved a pivotal point in the first game as the Lightning built a two-goal lead heading in the second period with goals from Palat and Johnson, the later coming with 29 seconds left in the period.

Hynes told reporters on a conference call Sunday that there will be changes made, though he declined to specify which players might be in or out. "Some guys haven't performed well enough to warrant a stay in the lineup". We can't have passengers. "We just want to win the next game".

Veterans Ben Lovejoy and Michael Grabner might be in danger of watching from the press box in Game 3. Both goals came while Hall's line was on the ice. The Devils flew home Saturday and did not practice Sunday. He will skate with the team Monday after recently helping the University of Minnesota-Duluth win the NCAA Championship. Kinkaid, whose stellar play since January helped New Jersey finish strong and claim its first playoff berth since 2012, yielded five goals on 15 shots.

"We have to embrace the fact that we're down 2-0", Hynes said. "That's the least of our worries".

Tampa Bay ranked 1st in the league in scoring at 3.54 gpg on the year, while also ranking 12th in shots taken (32.7 spg) and 3rd in power play conversions, converting on 23.9% of their chances. Travis Zajac leads New Jersey with one goal, Taylor Hall has one assist and Blake Coleman has five shots on goal. "I'm not going to speculate on whether we're going to use him or not use him".

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