The Lightning struck first, but in the end, it was a dominating road win for the Cardiff Devils on Saturday in Milton Keynes.
After a scoreless first period that saw the Devils outshoot the Lightning 18 to 6, it was former Devil Denny Kearney who broke the deadlock just over 2 minutes into the second period on a cross-ice pass from Kevin King to make it 1-0.
The Devils were all over the Lightning in the middle period, outshooting the home side 20 to 4. The pressure finally paid off when Andrew Hotham found Sean Bentivoglio with loads of time in front of the net to fire the puck top shelf past Lightning netminder Jindrich Pacl to tie the game at 33:40.
The Devils took the lead at 37:02 when Joey Haddad intercepted a clearing attempt by the Lightning just inside their zone and he fed Joey Martin who scored to put the Devils up 2-1. Then with under 90 seconds left in the period, defenceman Tyson Strachan blasted a shot through traffic that found its way into the back of the net to make it 3-1 at 38:36.
The only goal of the third period came after Justin Faryna dangled around the Lightning defence placed a perfect pass onto the stick of Haddad who fired the puck past Pacl to make it 4-1 at 53:38.
The final shot count on the night 52 to 20 in favour of the Devils. Despite all those shots, the Devils top powerplay unit in the league failed to score on all 5 opportunities they had with the man advantage. Ben Bowns made 19 saves for the win and Bentivoglio was chosen as the Man of the Match.
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