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Lightning takes Game 1 of playoff opener

The Lightning face a tough opponent in the New Jersey Devils Thursday but ultimately prevailed for the 5-2 win. Game two is Saturday in Tampa.
Tampa Bay Lightning players celebrate left wing Ondrej Palat (18), left, celebrates his first period goal during the first period of game one against the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Thursday, April 12, 2018 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Tampa Bay Lightning players celebrate left wing Ondrej Palat (18), left, celebrates his first period goal during the first period of game one against the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Thursday, April 12, 2018 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD | Times
Published Apr. 13, 2018|Updated Apr. 17, 2018


iPhone x Pano of fans outside of Amalie Arena in Tampa for game one of the Eastern Conference NHL Playoffs of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
iPhone x Pano of fans outside of Amalie Arena in Tampa for game one of the Eastern Conference NHL Playoffs of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils. LUIS SANTANA | Times
Emily Mortenson, 5, of Palm Harbor, displays her allegiance outside of Amalie Arena before the start of Thursday's (4/12/18) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils in game one of the Eastern Conference First Round in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
Emily Mortenson, 5, of Palm Harbor, displays her allegiance outside of Amalie Arena before the start of Thursday's (4/12/18) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils in game one of the Eastern Conference First Round in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
The National Anthem is performed before the first period of Thursday's (4/12/18) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils in game one of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
The National Anthem is performed before the first period of Thursday's (4/12/18) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils in game one of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
The National Anthem is performed before the first period of Thursday's (4/12/18) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils in game one of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
The National Anthem is performed before the first period of Thursday's (4/12/18) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils in game one of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DIRK SHADD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Braydon Coburn (55) heads out onto the ice for warm ups before taking in the New Jersey Devils in game one of the first round of the NHL playoffs at Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (04/12/18). DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Braydon Coburn (55) heads out onto the ice for warm ups before taking in the New Jersey Devils in game one of the first round of the NHL playoffs at Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (04/12/18). DIRK SHADD | Times
Don "Skully" Bradshaw, of Tampa, left, and Erick Smith, of Tampa, rally fans with the Stick of Fire in Thunder Alley outside of Amalie Arena before the start of Thursday's (4/12/18) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils in game one of the Eastern Conference First Round in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
Don "Skully" Bradshaw, of Tampa, left, and Erick Smith, of Tampa, rally fans with the Stick of Fire in Thunder Alley outside of Amalie Arena before the start of Thursday's (4/12/18) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils in game one of the Eastern Conference First Round in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) celebrates his first period goal as New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9), right, and New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) look during game one in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Thursday, April 12, 2018 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) celebrates his first period goal as New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9), right, and New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) look during game one in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Thursday, April 12, 2018 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) fends off a shot by New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman (6) and Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) defending during the first period of Thursday's (4/12/18) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils in game one of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) fends off a shot by New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman (6) and Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) defending during the first period of Thursday's (4/12/18) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils in game one of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during a stoppage in play agains the New Jersey Devils during second period action of game one of the first round of the NHL playoffs at Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (04/12/18). DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during a stoppage in play agains the New Jersey Devils during second period action of game one of the first round of the NHL playoffs at Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (04/12/18). DIRK SHADD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) and defenseman Anton Stralman (6) make a save on New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle (11) during second period action of game one of the first round of the NHL playoffs at Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (04/12/18). DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) and defenseman Anton Stralman (6) make a save on New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle (11) during second period action of game one of the first round of the NHL playoffs at Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (04/12/18). DIRK SHADD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17) challenges New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) with New Jersey Devils defenseman John Moore (2) defending during the first period of Thursday's (4/12/18) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils in game one of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17) challenges New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) with New Jersey Devils defenseman John Moore (2) defending during the first period of Thursday's (4/12/18) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils in game one of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) chest bumps the boards moments after scoring during the first period of Thursday's (4/12/18) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils in game one of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) chest bumps the boards moments after scoring during the first period of Thursday's (4/12/18) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils in game one of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) charges into the crease with New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) and New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) defending the net during the first period of Thursday's (4/12/18) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils in game one of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) charges into the crease with New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) and New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) defending the net during the first period of Thursday's (4/12/18) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils in game one of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) celebrates with center Yanni Gourde (37) after Gourde scores the third goal of the game for the Bolts during second period action of game one of the first round of the NHL playoffs at Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (04/12/18). DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) celebrates with center Yanni Gourde (37) after Gourde scores the third goal of the game for the Bolts during second period action of game one of the first round of the NHL playoffs at Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (04/12/18). DIRK SHADD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde (37) disrupts a pass play between New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13), left, and New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6) during the second period of Thursday's (4/12/18) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils in game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde (37) disrupts a pass play between New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13), left, and New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6) during the second period of Thursday's (4/12/18) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils in game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate their 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils after game one in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Thursday, April 12, 2018 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate their 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils after game one in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Thursday, April 12, 2018 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD | Times
Tampa and New Jersey rough each other up in a corner during the third period of Thursday's (4/12/18) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils in game one of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
Tampa and New Jersey rough each other up in a corner during the third period of Thursday's (4/12/18) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils in game one of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) gets beat with Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71) in front as left wing Alex Killorn (17) (far left) scores a goal to go up 4 to 2 against the New Jersey Devils during third period action of game one of the first round of the NHL playoffs at Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (04/12/18). DIRK SHADD   |   Times
New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) gets beat with Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71) in front as left wing Alex Killorn (17) (far left) scores a goal to go up 4 to 2 against the New Jersey Devils during third period action of game one of the first round of the NHL playoffs at Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (04/12/18). DIRK SHADD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71) battles along the glass against New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle (11) during third period action of game one of the first round of the NHL playoffs at Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (04/12/18). DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71) battles along the glass against New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle (11) during third period action of game one of the first round of the NHL playoffs at Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (04/12/18). DIRK SHADD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18), left, celebrates his first period goal during the first period of game one against the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Thursday, April 12, 2018 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18), left, celebrates his first period goal during the first period of game one against the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Thursday, April 12, 2018 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD | Times

View previous All Eyes photo galleries of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Stanley Cup run: http://www.tampabay.com/sports/hockey/lightning/All-Eyes-Lightning-strikes-at-the-Stanley-Cup_167376415

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