Roger Mooney’s takeaways from Lightning-Devils Game 3

A linesman escorts the Lightning's Mikhail Sergachev off the ice following a third-period fight against New Jersey's Brian Boyle. The Devils defeated the Lightning 5-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
A linesman escorts the Lightning's Mikhail Sergachev off the ice following a third-period fight against New Jersey's Brian Boyle. The Devils defeated the Lightning 5-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Published April 16

How about 19-year-old Mikhail Sergachev standing up to Brian Boyle near the end of the game? Boyle pointed to Sergachev and yelled something unprintable for a family paper as he was being escorted off the ice and Sergachev yelled back. The kid's got moxie, give him that.

But, Sergachev's elbow to the head of Blake Coleman minutes earlier was seen by some as incidental contact and but others as an illegal hit to the head, which was the call on the ice. It will be interesting to see how the league views it today. A fine? A suspension?

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The penalties were disappointing, especially since they weren't exactly smart ones. The turnover in front of its own net that led to Jersey's first goal is something seen far too often by Lightning fans. Give the Devils credit for the win, but the Lightning helped them.

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