TAMPA, Fla. -- The shutdown line for the Tampa Bay Lightning outscored New Jersey's top scoring line in Game 1 of the opening-round series between the teams.
That's a trend the Lightning look to continue heading into Saturday afternoon as the teams meet in Game 2 at Amalie Arena.
In Tampa Bay's 5-2 victory over New Jersey in the first game of the series, the Lightning held MVP candidate Taylor Hall to one point at even strength, and that was a gift-wrapped goal in the second period. Hall, along with linemates Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri, was kept in check with five shots on goal combined between the three, four of which came from Hall.
"I think we were a little hesitant making the plays through the neutral zone, and we weren't moving our feet as much as we need to," Palmieri said. "In the second, we showed how effective we are when we're playing fast and getting pucks up and in and competing on pucks in the offensive zone. That's what brought a lot of scoring chances and a lot of momentum, so it's something we have to focus on next game."
That top line of New Jersey's saw a lot of Tampa Bay's trio of Brayden Point, Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson during the first game, with just over 12 minutes of head-to-head play at even strength during the game.
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