EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Jamie Langenbrunner's playoff run continued.
Langenbrunner scored his league-leading seventh playoff goal 2:09 into overtime, giving the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning and a two games to none lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
New Jersey's first overtime of this year's playoffs was short and sweet.
Langenbrunner got a pass from John Madden and wristed a shot from the right faceoff circle. Nikolai Khabibulin made a chest save, but Langenbrunner beat several defenders to the rebound and tucked a backhander around the goaltender's right pad for his fourth postseason game-winner.
"I had a pretty good shot there from the slot, hit him right in the chest," Langenbrunner said. "It popped out a little bit, I kept going to the net and was able to find it on the backhand with a lot of net to shoot at."
"When a shot comes from that close, it's pretty hard to control the rebound," Khabibulin said. "It got away from me a little bit and he was able to pick it up and skate around."
Langenbrunner had just one assist last year as New Jersey was beaten in six games by the Carolina Hurricanes. But Devils captain Scott Stevens is not surprised by his production in this season's playoffs.
"He's determined," Stevens said. "In the playoffs, it takes a lot of grit and character. It's not always the skill that prevails in the playoffs, usually, it's the other type. And that's what Jamie is. He comes to play every night, he skates hard, he works hard and he deserves everything he gets."
The Devils forced overtime on Grant Marshall's first goal in 66 playoff games. With 9:34 left in the third period, Scott Gomez wristed a shot from the left circle that hit Marshall's left skate and deflected past Khabibulin.
The goal initially was credited to Patrik Elias, who has not scored in the postseason.
"When they called his name, I was happy because we need him scoring," Marshall said. "It's great to get it, first goal in 60 some-odd games."
Less than three minutes earlier, Martin Brodeur kept New Jersey in the game with an acrobatic glove save on Martin St. Louis, who beat him on a shorthanded breakaway late in the second period but was denied on a backhander.
"He did the same move he scored on, I just waited for him to make the first move," Brodeur said. "When he went to his backhand, I just stacked the pads and made the save."
Both teams played cautiously after Marshall's tying goal. St. Louis got off a quick wrist shot from low in the left circle that Brodeur stopped with 6:26 left and Khabibulin squeezed his pads to deny Turner Stevenson from the slot seconds later.
Game Three is Monday at Tampa Bay.
"We played a lot better game. Obviously, we would have liked to have won, but it was a lot better effort, a little bit of a confidence builder for us," Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk said. "We've taken this team to overtime, we know we can beat them."
The Lightning also dropped the first two games of their first-round series before winning four straight against the Washington Capitals.
"Obviously, the guys have been in this situation before," Andreychuk said. "I think what they're getting from it now is that the series is long from over. It's four games to win and we've come back from this situation before."
After a largely uneventful period, the action picked up in the final minute of a penalty-filled second.
New Jersey allowed just two shots while killing four straight Tampa Bay power plays, then got an advantage of its own when Vincent Lecavalier was penalized for hooking with 2:31 to go.
The Devils needed 23 seconds to cash in as defenseman Brian Rafalski got a feed from Gomez at the top of the right circle and one-timed a slap shot between the pads of a screened Khabibulin for his second playoff goal.
Rafalski, who missed Game One while battling the flu, gave the goal right back. Just 12 seconds later, St. Louis stripped him of the puck, broke down the slot and flicked a wrist shot under Brodeur's right arm for his sixth playoff goal and second shorthanded tally.
"I got the puck over there and he jumped me," Rafalski explained. "I couldn't find the puck and he's a fast player, so I couldn't catch him."
Until the late flurry, New Jersey was shorthanded for all but four minutes of a 12-minute stretch, but had the best scoring chances during that span.
Khabibulin squeezed his pads to stop Elias from the top of the slot with 12 1/2 minutes left and used his glove to snare Madden's wrister off a 2-on-1 with 8:40 to go.
Six minutes later, Jay Pandolfo wristed a shot off the left goalpost on another odd-man rush.
"We didn't produce (on the power play)," St. Louis said. "If anything, it's a negative because we had a lot of power plays, but we didn't capitalize. We created penalties, which is good, but it's what you do with it."
The Devils dominated the first half of the opening period, getting 10 of the first 11 shots. But after killing a high-sticking penalty on Fredrik Modin, the Lightning scored first.
Dan Boyle got a pass from fellow defenseman Nolan Pratt at the right point and drifted down to the top of the circle before throwing the puck into the slot. Chris Dingman deflected it past Brodeur's glove side for his first goal in 23 career playoff games.
It also gave Tampa Bay its first lead of the series.