The Devils, playing their second game in as many nights, could hardly compete with the fresh Lightning Friday night. Tampa Bay won 4-0, winning its fifth straight game.
The Lightning has 64 points, tied with Boston for second place in the Atlantic Division. The Lightning visit the Bruins on Sunday night.
In this one, goaltender Ben Bishop stopped all 21 shots for his 15th shutout.
Steven Stamkos scored for the fifth straight game. Alex Killorn, Ondrej Palat and Matt Carle also scored for the Bolts. For Stamkos, it was his 27th goal of the year.
“He’s got 300 plus goals for a reason.” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said of Stamkos. “He’s gone through spurts where he hasn’t scored in eight of 10, and then he’ll with 12 in 10 games. He’s playing the right way. He’s playing hard.”
The Lightning’s Victor Hedman left the game with an injury, but Cooper said he wasn’t overly concerned.