TAMPA, Fla. -- Quick strikes have been the tone-setter for the Tampa Bay Lightning during a season-long, five-game homestand.
The New Jersey Devils want to avoid another slow start when they visit Amalie Arena on Sunday.
In the first two games of the homestand, Tampa Bay has scored in the opening minute and rode the momentum to victories against Florida and Chicago. Overall, the Lightning have opened the scoring in four consecutive games after giving up the first goal in nine of the previous 10.
Getting on the board first, especially early in the game, can change the approach to the game.
"You're not chasing the game," Lightning forward Ryan Callahan said. "Obviously it's a lot easier to play with the lead in this league. Teams are so talented it's hard to come back sometimes. You know, to get behind the eight ball kills your momentum at home when you don't score first, and it takes the crowd out of it pretty early. It's a lot easier when you score that first goal, and I think even at home it's more important just to get the crowd into it. It gets everyone going." >> READ MORE
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