Win worth the wait for Lightning

Mike Smith

made 33 saves and the Lightning finished off the Devils 4-2 on Sunday in the completion of a game that was suspended two nights earlier because a lighting problem at Newark's Prudential Center created a safety issue for the players.

Tampa Bay led 3-0 when play was suspended Friday night with 9:12 left in the second period, and it only had to kill off the final 29:12 on Sunday to snap a 10-game losing streak against New Jersey.


Only about 3,000 fans of the announced crowd of 15,129 returned to see the completion of the game.

The Devils said the lighting problem was caused when a circuit breaker went down and it knocked out the computer that operated the lights in the Devils' defensive zone.


Play was delayed almost 2 hours while workmen at the 3-year-old arena tried to fix the problem.

The NHL eventually ordered the game suspended around 10 p.m. and the next day ordered the game to resume Sunday at 6 p.m. Referees Steve Kozari and Tim Peel returned for the final 29 minutes, but linesmen David Brisebois and Don Henderson were replaced by Derek Nanson and Jean Moran.