Bolts fall in Jersey 3-1

Newark, NJ — The New Jersey Devils are starting to play their best hockey of the season and it cost the Tampa Bay Lightning their franchise-record tying 10-game winning streak.

Tyler Johnson scored for the Lightning, who tied their consecutive wins record on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Philadelphia. Curtis McElhinney made 17 saves in getting the start in place of Andrei Vasilevskiy, who had shutouts in the last two games.

The winning streak was tied for the longest in the league this season. The Islanders also won 10 in a row.

“We’ve been playing some pretty good hockey,” Johnson said. “The schedule hasn’t been too kind to us. It’s up to us to throw those together and play complete team games. It says a lot about us. I think we’ve grown. Tonight wasn’t our night. Now we turn the page and hopefully start all over.”

The Devils’ second win in two days — they beat Washington on Saturday — came with a bizarre twist. Shero was fired by owner Josh Harris earlier in the afternoon and most of the players didn’t find out until 90 minutes before the opening faceoff.

“You beat two of the best teams in the league back to back nights, prove to yourself you got what it takes in this locker room and that’s a lot of fun,” forward Blake Coleman said. “On the other side of the coin, a great leader isn’t with us anymore and he’s the reason we’re all in this room.”

Coming up for the Lightning next will be the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday Night at home.

Jonathan Miles

32. CEO of Team 813. Tampa Bay Native & life long fan for TB teams.

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