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May 02, 2003
Round 2 Game 5: Devils Defeat Lightning: 2-1 3rd OT

    The New Jersey Devils defeated the Tampa Bay Lighning, 2-1 at home in triple-overtime on Friday, May 2, 2003.   The game eliminates the Lightning, and advances the Devils to the Eastern Conference Finals.

    Nikita Alexeev beat Martin Brodeur 11:18 into the first period to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead.

    Scott Niedermayer tied the game, beating John Grahame with a power-play goal just 2:09 after Alexeev's goal.   Niedermayer's 2nd goal of the playoffs was assisted by Brian Rafalski and Scott Gomez.

    The first period ended with the game tied, 1-1.   The shots were also even at, 6-6.

    There was no scoring in the second period, the Devils outshot the Lightning, 9-5 in the period.

    The teams failed to score in the third period, The Devils outshot the Lightning, 7-6 in the period.

    For the third straight period, no skater was able to put the puck past a goaltender.   The Devils outshot the Lightning, 11-9 in the first overtime period.

    The second overtime ended with no goals scored.

    Grant Marshall scored the series winning goal at 11:12 of the third overtime!   Marshall's 3rd goal of the playoffs was assisted by Scott Niedermayer and Colin White.   The Devils outshot the Lightning 48-39 in the game.


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