TAMPA, Fla. – Viktor Kozlov had a goal and four assists, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 8-2.

Kozlov set career highs for points and assists in one game, helping the Devils sweep two games in Florida. New Jersey beat the Panthers 5-1 on Wednesday.

New Jersey got two goals each from Alexander Mogilny and Sergei Brylin. Mogilny has three since returning Wednesday after missing four games with a concussion.

Fredrik Modin and Martin St. Louis scored for Tampa Bay. The defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning had a four-game winning streak end.

The Devils scored on four of their first seven shots against Tampa Bay goalie Sean Burke in taking a 4-0 lead 13 minutes in.

Mogilny redirected Kozlov’s pass through the crease for a 1-0 lead at 4:05. Scott Gomez’s backhander at 9:52 and a low-slot goal by Brylin just 1 minute, 5 seconds later made it 3-0.

Brian Gionta put New Jersey ahead 4-0 with 7:07 left in the first. He has scored a goal in four consecutive games.

Modin cut the Tampa Bay deficit to 4-1 at 17:09.

After Gionta had his penalty shot stopped by Burke at 3:29 of the second, Mogilny expanded the Devils’ advantage to 5-1 at 5:41.

St. Louis scored 70 seconds later, and Kozlov ended Burke’s night with a breakaway goal at 9:13. Burke, who allowed six goals on 17 shots, was replaced by John Grahame.

Brylin extended the Devils lead to 7-2 with 3:02 remaining in the second.

New Jersey got a third-period goal from Jamie Lagenbrunner.

After several hard checks in the waning moments, all 10 skaters on the ice were involved in a scrum along the center ice boards after Tampa Bay’s Cory Sarich and New Jersey’s Zach Parise squared off with 2:24 left.

Brylin was given a kicking penalty and a game misconduct.

Notes: Tampa Bay (9-2-3) lost for the second time in 14 games against the Devils. … Gomez has five goals and 12 points during a seven-game point streak. … Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk has not scored a goal in 14 games. The left wing, who has 636 career goals, scored both this season on Oct. 26 at New Jersey. … The Devils acquired D Brad Ference from Phoenix for three minor leaguers. Ference was assigned to Albany of the AHL. … Lightning C Brad Richards had two assists, giving him eight assists and 11 points during a nine-game point streak.

AP-ES-11-25-05 2202EST


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