NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Tampa Bay|
(Saturday, March 10th)
Final Score: Carolina 4, Tampa Bay 2
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Jeff Skinner netted two goals, including the
game-winner in the third period, as the Carolina Hurricanes skated past the
Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-2, on Saturday.
Chad LaRose added a goal and an assist and Jaroslav Spacek also scored for the
Hurricanes, who had lost three of their last four coming in. Jussi Jokinen
contributed a pair of assists and Cam Ward made 36 saves in the victory.
Ryan Malone and Nate Thompson scored for the Lightning, who have lost three
straight. Dustin Tokarski was tagged for three goals on 25 shots in just his
second NHL start.
Skinner's game-winner came at 6:36 of the third frame when Skinner lost the
puck momentarily but quickly recovered and ripped a wrist shot off the
crossbar and in to give Carolina a 3-2 edge.
The Lightning pulled Tokarski with around 1:20 to play, but they were unable
to find the tying goal in the final stages of the game. LaRose added an
empty-netter with 22 seconds left to seal the win.
"It was a big game for us," Skinner said. " He (Ward) is seeing the puck well
and playing really well for us. My line played really well too."
Tampa Bay struck just 1:20 into the contest after Tom Pyatt brought the
puck around behind the Carolina net and sent a pass across the goal mouth for
Malone, who ripped it past Ward.
The Hurricanes answered quickly though, finding the tying goal just over two
minutes later. Skating on the power play, Jokinen sent a pass from the right
wing wall to Spacek at the point. Spacek fired a slap shot through bodies
in front that skipped past a screened Tokarski.
Carolina took a 2-1 lead at 12:29 of the opening period with some excellent
Skinner worked his way though center ice and gained the blue line with
speed. Tokarski poked the puck out of the crease as Skinner got close, but it
went right to LaRose on the left-wing boards. LaRose then sent a quick turn-
around pass right to the tape of Jokinen, who found Skinner cutting to
the net, and the former Calder Trophy winner tapped it home with ease.
The Lightning tied it at two at 17:14 of the first frame after JT Wyman fought
off his checkers behind the net and sent a pass to Thompson, who banged it
home from the slot.
"I thought I played well," Tarkoski said. "I think the guys did a good job of
letting me see the puck. I thought we outplayed them but they buried their
chances and Cam was great."
Saturday marked the sixth and final meeting between the Lightning and
Hurricanes this season...Each team won three times...Lightning forward
Teddy Purcell had his career-best 11-game point streak snapped...Ward improved
to 19-13-3 in 36 career appearances against Tampa Bay...Carolina scored on its
only power-play chance, while the Lightning went 0-for-3 with the man
advantage...The Lightning will continue a season-high seven-game homestand on
Tuesday against the Boston Bruins, while the Hurricanes visit the Florida
Panthers on Sunday.
03/11 00:13:59 ET