Devils destroyed as Kinkaid pulled for returning Schneider

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TAMPA, Fla. — Brayden Point had a career-high five points with a goal and four assists, defenseman Braydon Coburn scored twice, and the Lightning rallied from an early two-goal deficit to beat the Devils 8-3 on Tuesday night.

Steven Stamkos got his 350th career goal and added two assists for Tampa Bay, which was coming off a 3-1-1 trip. Nikita Kucherov had two goals and an assist, and Tyler Johnson and Ryan McDonagh had the other Lightning goals. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves.

Kucherov left with 6 minutes left in the second after taking a shot near the inside of his left knee but returned early in the third.

Miles Wood, Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri scored for the Devils, who started a seven-game trip. Keith Kinkaid stopped 31 of 38 shots before being replaced five minutes into the third by Cory Schneider, who allowed a goal on six shots in his first game after offseason hip surgery.

Point scored his seventh goal 31 seconds into the second as Tampa Bay went up 3-2. Kucherov and Stamkos added power-play goals later in the period that made it 5-2.

The Lightning celebrate behind Keith Kinkaid after one of their eight goals.
The Lightning celebrate behind Keith Kinkaid after one of their eight goals.AP

After Wood and Zajac scored in the opening 5:04, Coburn tied it at 2 with first-period goals at 7:30 and 13:30.

Coburn stopped a 38-game goal drought and has 46 goals in 861 NHL games. He scored just once in three of the previous four regular seasons. It was his second career multi-goal game, with the other coming on Oct. 31, 2009, while with Philadelphia.

Tampa Bay’s penalty kill had not allowed a goal in 24 chances at home before Palmieri got his ninth goal, which cut the deficit to 5-3 on the Devils’ second power play late in the second. Taylor Hall assisted and extended his point streak to eight games (10 assists, 12 points).

Johnson, Kucherov and McDonagh all scored in the third.

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