NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Tampa Bay |
(Saturday, March 13th)
Final Score: Carolina 5, Tampa Bay 1
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Sean Hill netted two goals to lead Carolina over
Tampa Bay, 5-1, at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Jaroslav Svoboda and Radim Vrbata each tallied a goal and an assist for
Hurricanes, who have won four of their last six games. Carolina also ended
Tampa Bay's 11-game unbeaten streak (10-0-1).
"It was nice to be a thorn in (Tampa's) side for one night anyway," Carolina
coach Peter Laviolette said.
Ruslan Fedotenko scored the sole goal for the Lightning, who failed to collect
a point for the first time in 19 games (14-1-2-2). With Philadelphia winning
earlier on Saturday, Tampa Bay is now only two points ahead of the Flyers for
the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Fedotenko gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead 5:25 into the game with his 16th goal
of the game, but the Hurricanes responded with five answered goals for the
Hill tallied his first of the game and ninth of the season at 5:59 of the
first to knot the game at 1-1 for Carolina on a wrist shot from the right
At 16:09 of the opening period, Rod Brind'Amour gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 edge
with his eighth of the campaign from the bottom of the right circle.
Svoboda registered the only goal of the second 3:45 in to extend the margin to
3-1 via a tip-in from just outside the top of the crease.
On a backhander from the slot, Vrbata made it a 4-1 game at 10:36 of the third
before Hill capped off the scoring with 1:51 remaining on a wrist shot high to
the glove side on the power play.
"You know something like this is going to happen," Tampa Bay coach John
Tortorella said of the loss. "It doesn't make it any easier to go through, but
you know sooner or later it's going to happen."
Kevin Weekes made 20 saves for the Hurricanes, while John Grahame stopped 21
shots for Tampa Bay.
The Lightning failed to score with three chances on the power play and allowed
one goal on seven power-play opportunities for Carolina.
The Hurricanes have registered a 5-0-1-1 mark in their last seven road tilts.
For the year, the Hurricanes are 12-15-5-2 in foreign buildings...Tampa Bay
lost for the first time (6-1-4) in its last 11 meetings with the Hurricanes.
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