Devils heat up at home for crucial Game 3 triumph over Lightning

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Devils heat up at home for crucial Game 3 triumph over Lightning

Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier, Marcus Johansson, Cory Schneider and the New Jersey Devils will try to keep pace in their first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series with Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman and the Tampa Bay Lighting when the teams play Game 3 at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at Prudential Center in Newark.

Schneider also appeared to survive an injury scare with about 10 minutes left in the third when Tampa Bay defenseman Ryan McDonagh collided with him.

The roof almost blew off The Rock when Hall tied the game 1-1 at 12:24 of the second, and it was just what the Devils needed from their star after Alex Killorn's power-play goal put the Lightning ahead just 42 seconds into the second period, and it seemed like it was only a matter of time before Hall got on the scoresheet.

Johansson skated on the left wing with Pavel Zacha at center and Patrick Maroon on the right side in Monday's morning skate.

Butcher tied the game after the Lightning were whistled for too many men on the ice.

Hall scored his second goal of the series and then made nifty passes to set up goals by Will Butcher and Stefan Noesen in the third period. Killorn scored his fourth goal of the series by tipping Kucherov's centering pass from the left corner over Schneider's stick.

Stamkos gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead just 38 seconds into the third with a shot from the left circle that squeezed between Schneider's arm and body and dribbled into the net.

Hall tied the game 1-all with an unassisted goal at 12:24. The puck was misplayed by the Lightning and went to Hall between the circles and he ripped a shot past Vasilevskiy. He hit the crossbar on a first-period breakaway. He returned for the third period. Killorn and Johnson each skated in their 50th career playoff game. Devils F Michael Grabner, who was acquired from the Rangers in February, was a healthy scratch after playing in the first two games.

John Hynes shook up his lineup for this one, starting with putting Schneider back in goal after Keith Kinkaid, the backup who played well down the stretch and was the starter to open the playoffs, was yanked in the second period of Saturday's Game 2 loss.

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