Feb 25, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defender Matt Gilroy (97) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pens won 8-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

Lightning Vs. Devils: Martin St. Louis Scores Hat Trick in 4-3 Victory

The Tampa Bay Lightning have lost two games in a row -- two games in which they played sloppy, slow hockey. They need to turn things around, but they won't have it easy today against the New Jersey Devils.

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Devils Vs. Lightning: Martin St. Louis Scores Hat Trick In 4-3 Victory

After fighting off a furious attack from the New Jersey Devils in the third, the Tampa Bay Lightning were able to hold on for a 4-3 victory at the Prudential Center Sunday afternoon.

Taking a 2-1 lead into the third, the Devils were able to tie up the game when Petr Sykora scored his 15th goal of the season at the 2:28 mark of the period. The tie would only last for 41 seconds, as Matt Gilroy put in his second goal of the season to give the Bolts the lead again.

St. Louis would complete the hat trick with 9:22 remaining in the game, increasing the lead to 4-2.

The Devils would not go quietly, as Zach Parise scored a power play goal with 2:35 remaining to cut the deficit to 4-3, however they would not be able to complete the comeback.

The Lightning were very efficient and took advantage of the few opportunities from the stingy Devils defense, scoring four goals on just 16 shots.

Teddy Purcell was a big reason for the victory as well, tallying three assits on the afternoon. Mathieu Garon stopped 19 of the 22 shots he faced for the Bolts.

For more analysis on this game, go to Raw Charge.

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Devils Vs. Lightning: Pair Of Martin St. Louis Goals Gives Bolts Lead

After two periods, the Tampa Bay Lightning hold a 2-1 lead over the New Jersey Devils in Newark.

After trailing 1-0 after one period, it would be Martin St. Louis who would get things going for the Lightning, scoring his 20th and 21st goals of the season to put the Bolts ahead.

The first goal, scored at the 6:39 mark of the period was assisted by Steven Stamkos and Mathieu Garon. The second came at the 14:55 mark and was also assisted by Stamkos and Teddy Purcell.

St. Louis has now clinched his ninth consecutive season with at least 20 goals.

Alexi Ponikarovsky has the lone goal for the Devils, as he scored at 12:07 in the first period.

New Jersey holds the advantage in shots 14-12.

For more on the Tampa Bay Lightning, make sure to follow Raw Charge. For all things NHL, check out the SB Nation NHL Hub Page.

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Lightning Vs. Devils: Tampa Bay Looks To End Skid

The Tampa Bay Lightning have lost two games in a row -- two games in which they played sloppy, slow hockey. They need to turn things around, but they won't have it easy today against the New Jersey Devils.

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