Lightning strike down Devils for a 2-0 series lead

Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde right celebrates his goal against the New Jersey Devils with center Brayden Point during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series Thursday

The Lightning's best player looked like its best player Saturday.

"As a coach, you care about everything". In his career, he has gone 90-84 with a 2.19 GAA in his home games and 34-51 with a 2.35 GAA against the Atlantic Division, while against the Lightning he has gone 4-5 with a 3.07 GAA. "That's what brought a lot of scoring chances and a lot of momentum, so it's something we have to focus on next game".

Alex Killorn scored twice during a four-goal second period, helping the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference beat the Devils, 5-3, on Saturday afternoon in Tampa, Fla., in Game 2 of the best-of-seven series.

The Lightning as a franchise has never blown a 2-0 lead in a playoff series. "They are going to come out flying in front of their fans", D Victor Hedman said.

However, Kinkaid was blitzed by the high-powered Lightning offense in the first two games of this series and was pulled in favor of Schneider after allowing five goals on 15 shots in only 33:12 on Saturday. F Cory Conacher, a healthy scratch for the first two games, is another option to replace Callahan.

The Devils have played well in spurts, overcoming slow starts to keep both games interesting.

"Obviously, if you get a 3-0 lead, things would be looking pretty good, and that's ideal for us", C Tyler Johnson said. "It's a long series".

"We know they are going to be a desperate team".

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Devils coach John Hynes echoed that sentiment.

Hynes said Sunday he decided on his starting goalie for Game 3 but was not ready to publicly divulge his choice. "What I mean by that is we can say we had strong pushes in certain things, but I think we did take a step tonight. We can't have guys not necessarily playing as hard as they need to in the competitive areas of the game".

Vasilevskiy stopped 41 shots, while limiting the Devils to rookie Nico Hischier's unassisted goal in the opening period and Sami Vatanen's sixth career playoff goal late in the second before Blake Coleman's third-period tally trimmed Tampa Bay's lead to 5-3 with eight minutes left.

Cory Schneider, who was the Devils' No. 1 until he was sidelined in late January with a groin injury, replaced Kinkaid at 13:22 of the second period and stopped all 10 shots he faced.

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. Now he started 64 in the regular season, and both in the playoffs.

Girardi, bottom right, did not return for the third period. "Too little, too late, but I think we showed fight", Schneider said. They're a good team at home. The Devils now have to try and get back on track here at home, where they have played well this year.

Notes: Hirschier was New Jersey's second-leading scorer during the regular season with 52 points, 41 fewer than Hall. After two games, the Lightning have scored 10 goals.

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