Devils 3, Lightning 2, OT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Jamie Langenbrunner did it again.

For the second straight game Langenbrunner scored the game-winner, this time 2:09 into overtime Saturday to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

New Jersey leads the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series 2-0, with the next two games in Florida. Game 3 is Monday.

Langenbrunner, who has seven goals in seven games this postseason, took a shot from the right circle that goalie Nikolai Khabibulin fumbled in front. Langenbrunner rushed in for the rebound, made a move around Khabibulin, and slid the puck in.

The Devils had to rally twice to win.

Not long after New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur stacked the pads to stop Martin St. Louis’ breakaway, Grant Marshall got the Devils even for the second time. Scott Gomez took a shot from the slot that was knocked in by Marshall to make it 2-2 with 9:34 remaining in regulation.

St. Louis’ short-handed goal gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead, and Chris Dingman also scored for Tampa Bay.

Brian Rafalski had the other New Jersey goal.

The Lightning grabbed their first lead of the series with 7:35 left in the first period, despite being outshot 12-6 at the time.

Dingman lightly deflected Dan Boyle’s pass through the legs of New Jersey defenseman Scott Niedermayer and past Brodeur for his first playoff goal in 23 career games.

It snapped Brodeur’s shutout streak of 132 minutes, 25 seconds and New Jersey’s run of 148:48 without allowing a goal. The Devils weren’t scored on since the third period of their Game 4 loss to Boston.

New Jersey got even late in the second period that was dominated by Devils penalties and an ineffective Tampa Bay power play. After taking one penalty in their Game 1 victory, New Jersey was whistled for four in the second.

Having weathered that, the Devils were given their second power play of the game with 2:31 left. It had 22 seconds remaining when Tim Taylor was called for roughing, giving New Jersey a two-man advantage.

The Devils were 3-for-26 on the power play in these playoffs before cashing in on Rafalski’s goal with two seconds left on the first penalty. Elias sent a pass from the bottom of the right circle up to Rafalski, who scored with 33.4 seconds left in the period.

Khabibulin stopped the first 22 shots he faced this series, then allowed three goals in the third period of Game 1 on nine shots, before stopping 23 more in a row leading up to Rafalski’s goal.

Rafalski, who missed Game 1 due to illness, has two goals. Before his goal was announced, he got burned by St. Louis. The small Lightning forward rushed past Rafalski and scored with 21.7 seconds left in the period.

St. Louis and linemates Vincent Lecavalier and Vaclav Prospal scored 11 of the last 13 Tampa Bay goals, dating to the first round.

The Lightning, 0-for-5 on the power play this series, had eight shots in each of the regulation periods - the same as their third-period total of Game 1 when they had 15 overall.

Notes: Tommy Albelin was scratched for Rafalski. … Tampa Bay replaced C Alexander Svitov with tough guy Andre Roy, who played one of the first seven postseason games. … Brodeur jumped high into Lightning RW Ben Clymer’s back to glove a shot in the second.

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