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Prospal's game-winner gives Lightning 2-1 series lead over Devils

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Prospal's game-winner gives Lightning 2-1 series lead over Devils

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Vincent Lecavalier scored his fourth goal of the playoffs, and Brad Richards and Vaclav Prospal each scored their first in helping the Lightning beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Monday night in Game 3 of their first-round Eastern Conference series.

Johan Holmqvist, who has rebounded from a shaky NHL post-season debut to outplay Brodeur the past two games, stopped 30 shots as the seventh-seeded Lightning took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven matchup. Game 4 is at Tampa on Wednesday night.

Brodeur, a three-time Stanley Cup champion, entered the playoffs with a 1.89 career goals-against average, but has given up three in each game of the series. Tampa Bay also won three of four regular-season meetings against the goalie, who won a league-record 48 games.

Lecavalier scored his power-play goal on a sharp-angle shot that appeared to catch Brodeur by surprise in the first period. He had an assist on the winner, which Prospal scored from in front of the net with 6:29 remaining in the third.

John Madden and Zach Parise scored for the Devils.

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Prospal's game-winner gives Lightning 2-1 series lead over Devils