Taylor Hall's 3 points give Devils life with Game 3 win over Lightning | Rapid reaction
New Jersey Local | 6 days ago

Taylor Hall gave an MVP performance to give the Devils playoff life.

Hall finished with one goal and two assists, including the pass to set up Stefan Noesen's game-winning goal at 12:55 of the third period to give the Devils a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of the first round the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday at Prudential Center.

Noesen blasted in a one-timer from the left circle off a Hall pass to give the Devils a 3-2 lead, their first in three games. They now trail the Lighting 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Blake Coleman raced to a puck along the boards in front of the Devils' bench and chipped a long shot into an empty net with 57.3 seconds to play for a 4-2 lead, and Ben Lovejoy added another empty netter with 38 seconds left.

Hall also scored in the second period to tie the game 1-1 before setting up a Will Butcher goal to tie it 2-2 in the third.

Goalie Cory Schneider stepped into his first postseason start and stopped 34 of 36 shots. He made a series of saves from his back with the game tied 2-2 in the third period, where he appeared injured. After being slow to get off the ice, he stayed in the game.

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Scoring plays

Penalty killing was a point of emphasis for the Devils entering Game 3, but it got off to a rocky start.

An Andy Greene slashing penalty in the closing seconds of the first period led to a Lightning power play to start the second period. Alex Killorn scored his fourth goal of the series when Nikita Kucherov found him wide open in front of the net at 0:42.

That goal put the Lighting at 4-for-5 on the power play for the series up to that point, but the Devils got the job done on a John Moore high stick later in the second.

Following that kill, Hall converted in the high slot to tie the game at 1-1 at 12:24. Hall's took a drop pass from Brian Boyle and wristed a shot under the left arm of Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy for his second goal of the series.

Another late-period burned the Devils, though. After Coleman went off for holding at 18:49 of the second, Steven Stamkos scored on a clean look from the right circle, with his shot tipping off the glove of Schneider.

But the Devils answered back with their own power-play goal to tie the game at 2-2. With a 5-on-3 advantage, Butcher sniped the upper left corner with a blast from the point at 4:03.

Noesen blasted home his goal with 7:05 left in regulation before Coleman chipped in his empty netter with 57.3 seconds left before Lovejoy added his goal.

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