NHL Hockey

Top-seeded Lightning oust Devils in 5

(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning understand what it takes to be successful in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

"You need your best players to be the best players, and they rose to the occasion," coach Jon Cooper said Saturday after the top seed in the Eastern Conference beat the New Jersey Devils 3-1, ending their first-round series in five games.

"People are going to look at this series and say: `Oh, 4-1. Tampa took it to them.' Anybody that was actually watching these games knew clearly that's not what happened in this series," Cooper added. "It was fought from the drop of the puck to the end. We just happened to get big goals at the right time."

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Goals
Rank Player G
1 A. Ovechkin, Was49
2 P. Laine, Wpg44
3 W. Karlsson, VGK43
4t E. Malkin, Pit42
4t E. Staal, Min42
6 C. McDavid, Edm41
7t A. Lee, NYI40
7t T. Seguin, Dal40
9t T. Hall, NJ39
9t N. Kucherov, TB39
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Save Percentage
Rank Player Sv%
1 C. Hutton, StL.931
2 A. Raanta, Ari.930
3 R. Luongo, Fla.929
4 C. Crawford, Chi.929
5 R. Miller, Anh.928
6 M. Fleury, VGK.927
7 P. Rinne, Nsh.927
8 J. Gibson, Anh.926
9 J. Saros, Nsh.925
10 C. Hellebuyck, Wpg.924
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