Devils' Schneider will start Game 3

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - With the New Jersey Devils' first playoff appearance since 2012 starting to look like an early exit, Taylor Hall came up big - just like he has done all season.

The New Jersey Devils won their first playoff game in six years Monday night at the Prudential Center, an emotionally-charged 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of their best-of-seven first-round series.

Both start at 5:30 p.m., two hours before the puck drops.

"It was everything we could ask for", Hall said. "I'm pretty sure New Jersey is going to do the exact same thing". Toronto was again missing C Nazem Kadri for the second game of a three-game suspension for his hit on Tommy Wingels in Game 1, Tomas Plekanec was moved up from the fourth line to play between Marleau and Marner on the No. 2 unit. "We found a way".

Coach John Hynes decided to make the move with New Jersey trailing 2-0 in the best-of-7 series.

Stamkos gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead just 38 seconds into the third with a shot from the left circle that squeezed between Schneiders arm and body and dribbled into the net.

"It's not my first playoff win, it's ours as a group", explained Hall.

The Devils took their first lead of the series when Hall skated through the neutral zone and flew by J. T. Miller before stopping in the left circle. He was unsafe virtually every time he touched the puck, and sometimes even when he didn't.

The loss some Lightning fans feel this morning may be greater than just a Game 3 defeat. Hall rung a shot off the crossbar at 16:27 of the first and had a great chance from the left dot at 8:12 of the second denied by Andrei Vasilevskiy. "He is a professional and one of the best players on the ice every night, day in and day out", Coleman said. "We've got to play good once, and we've got to have that on Monday". It's nearly expected from him now, and I am happy to see him keep getting rewarded.

Hall has been dynamic in each of his first three postseason games.

Tampa Bay's second and third lines once again did most of the damage, with Point scoring at 12:15 of the first period and Killorn, Johnson and Kucherov adding goals during a three-minute stretch of the second to build a 4-1 lead.

And, with the post season underway in the National Hockey League and the NBA, Game 3 was trending for various reasons. Not only did this team finish first in the Eastern Conference this season, but the roster swells with players that played in recent Stanley Cup and conference finals games.

"He's a tremendous competitor".

Some of them lost a lot of love for Brian Boyle. They've overcome adversity all year long, overcome the odds. We're on each other's nerves. And Taylor is the leader in that.

That experience showed in the first two games as the Lightning handled momentum swings in a smoother fashion that far-less experienced Devils.