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

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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