The New Jersey Devils proved in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series with the heavily favored Tampa Bay Lightning that they are not a team simply content with reaching the postseason.
After climbing back into this best-of-seven Monday with a gritty 5-2 victory over the Lightning, the Devils are talking tough, even though they still trail the series 2-1.
"We showed it's going to be a series," said Devils forward Blake Coleman. "It's going to be a dogfight."
Such sets the stage for what should be an intriguing Game 4 at the Prudential Center on Wednesday night.
The Lightning won the first two games of this series in Tampa, 5-2 and 5-3, and twice led Game 3 by the scores of 1-0 and 2-1 early in the third period. However, the Devils unloaded 20 shots in the final period, took advantage of an uncharacteristically undisciplined Lightning squad, and scored four times -- twice into an empty net -- to secure the organization's first playoff victory in six years.
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