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Recap - Devils Defeat Tampa Bay 5-2

New Jersey earned a 5-2 victory over Tampa Bay behind a 2-goal performance from Ilya Kovalchuk on Friday at St. Pete Times Forum.

New Jersey was an underdog by +185 and came through for bettors backing them. The game went OVER the consensus closing total of 5.5.

Ilya Kovalchuk (2), Brian Rolston, Patrik Elias, and Travis Zajac each scored for the Devils in the victory. Kovalchuk opened the scoring for New Jersey, finding the back of the net at 7:59 of the first period. The goal was assisted by Travis Zajac and Andy Greene.

Martin Brodeur turned in a 30-save effort for the Devils.

Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos scored for the Lightning, finding the net behind Martin Brodeur.

Dan Ellis stopped 15 of 16 shots for the Lightning, but it wasn't enough to earn the victory.

On the power play, New Jersey went 0-for-1, while the Lightning were 1-for-3 with the man advantage.

New Jersey lost the shots on goal battle to Tampa Bay by a margin of 32-25.

Next game, New Jersey takes its act on the road to face Florida looking for another win. For Tampa Bay, they head on the road to face Carolina.