Sunday, October 2

Hedman ignites 3-goal third, Lightning beat New Jersey 6-3.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored in a 3:04 span of the third period, and the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied from an early two-goal deficit to beat the New Jersey Devils 6-3 on Tuesday night.

Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn had scored in a 41-second span late in the second period to tie the game at 3-all. Pat Maroon also scored for the Lightning, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 22 saves as Tampa Bay improved to 8-2-1 in its last 11.

“We were not ready,” Bellemare said of the slow start. “I think, even though despite the fact that we talked nothing about the break, we were way too slow. And unfortunately, we had to get a kick in the butt and finally we woke up, so I would put that in the unacceptable category.”

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