Devils Beat Up Bolts for First New Home Win

Pandolfo's hat trick helps New Jersey snap four game slide
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2007 11:34 PM CDT
Devils Beat Up Bolts for First New Home Win
New Jersey Devils' Jay Pandolfo (20) scores past Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Johan Holmqvist (40), of Sweden, during the second period NHL hockey action at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – The New Jersey Devils snapped their four-game losing streak with an offensive explosion to beat Tampa Bay 6-1. The Devils had scored only four goals during their skid but used a hat trick from Jay Pandolfo and three assists, plus a goal, from John Madden to prolong Tampa Bay’s own losing streak, which is currently at five games, reports the AP. It was NJ's first win in its new Newark arena.

The game was scoreless going into the second period but two goals in a two-minute span gave New Jersey the lead. Vincent Lacavalier scored late in that period to bring the Lightning to within one but it was all Devils in the third, as they added four unanswered goals. New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, playing in his 900th game, had 21 saves. (Read more hockey stories.)

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