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Devils shock Lightning thanks to four-goal third period outburst

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TAMPA, Fla. — Mackenzie Blackwood stopped a penalty shot in the third period for one of his 31 saves, Yegor Sharangovich scored his second goal of the game in New Jersey’s four-goal third period, and the Devils beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 on Saturday.

New Jersey also got goals from Dawson Mercer, Jimmy Vesey and Tomas Tatar.

Jan Rutta, Pat Maroon and Victor Hedman scored for the Lightning, who had a nine-game point streak end. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 22 saves.

Sharangovich, who also had an assist, got the Devils’ third straight goal to start the third from the low left circle to put New Jersey up 4-3 at 9:34. Tatar had an empty-net goal.

Rutta opened the scoring 5:49 into the game, but Sharangovich tied it with six minutes left in the first when the center stopped a 16-game goal drought. Then Maroon put the Lightning up 2-1 during Tampa Bay’s third power play with 1:45 left in the first.

Yegor Sharangovich (17) celebrates with his teammates after scoring one of his two goals in the Devils' 5-3 comeback win over the Lightning.
Yegor Sharangovich (17) celebrates with his teammates after scoring one of his two goals in the Devils’ 5-3 comeback win over the Lightning.
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Tampa Bay took a 3-1 lead at 6:17 of the second when Hedman skated in alone from the blue line and scored from the left circle off a pass from Boris Katchouk.

Mercer got the Devils within 3-2 with a nifty goal 1:12 into the third. He started to skate around the net but reached back with his stick and stuffed the puck past Vasilevskiy.

Shortly after Blackwood made a terrific glove save on Alex Killorn during a two-man breakaway, Vesey made it 3-3 on a breakaway at 5:39.

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