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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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.