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April 26, 2003
Round 2 Game 2: Devils Beat Tampa, 3-2 in OT

    The New Jersey Devils defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2 in overtime at home on Saturday, April 26, 2003.   The overtime was the first of the playoffs for the Devils, who now have a 2-0 lead in the series over Tampa Bay.

    Chris Dingman beat Martin Brodeur at 12:25 of the first period to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead.

    Though they thoroughly outplayed the Lightning in the first period, the scoreboard did not reflect it.   The first period ended with Tampa Bay leading the New Jersey, 1-0.   The Devils outshot the Lightning, 15-8 in the period.

    Brian Rafalski beat Nikolai Khabibulin at 19:26 of the second period, on a 5 on 3 power-play.   Scott Gomez and Scott Niedermayer assisted on Rafalski's 2nd goal of the playoffs.

    Twelve seconds after Rafalski's goal, Martin St. Louis beat Brodeur short-handed.

    The second period ended with the Lightning leading the Devils, 2-1.   The Devils outshot the Lightning, 9-8 in the period.

    Grant Marshall scored his first goal of the playoffs at 10:26 of the third period.   Scott Gomez and Scott Niedermayer assisted on the game-tying goal.

    Regulation time ended with the game tied, 2-2.   The Devils outshot Tampa 10-8 in the third period.

    Just 2:09 into the first overtime period, Jamie Langenbrunner shot the puck past Khabibulin to win the game for the Devils, 3-2.   John Madden and Brian Rafalski assisted on the game-winning goal.

    Brian Rafalski returned to the lineup after missing game one of the series with the flu.


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