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NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Tampa Bay

(Wednesday, November 14th)

Final Score: Tampa Bay 6, Carolina 1

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Vincent Lecavalier picked up his fifth career hat trick and also donated a pair of assists to carry the Tampa Bay Lightning past the Carolina Hurricanes, 6-1, at St. Pete Times Forum.

Lecavalier became the first member of the Lightning to record six straight multi-point games and tied a franchise high with four points in one period for Tampa Bay, which has won four in a row since its six-game slide.

Martin St. Louis had a goal and two assists in a winning effort, and Johan Holmqvist made 26 saves.

Jeffrey Hamilton had his team's lone goal while John Grahame yielded six goals on 28 shots for the Hurricanes, who had won four of five coming in.

The first period was played to a scoreless stalemate, but Tampa erupted for five goals in the middle stanza to gain firm command.

Paul Ranger opened the scoring at the 1:27 mark, as he took a crisp cross-ice pass from Lecavalier, moved in front of the net and released a backhander that beat Grahame.

Lecavalier caused a turnover deep in the Carolina zone moments later before sending a feed in front that kicked off a defender's skate and in for a 2-0 cushion.

"It was very nice to see," Holmqvist said. "We were flying in the second period."

St. Louis made it a three-goal lead with 7:28 on the clock, roofing a backhander past a fallen Grahame. Lecavalier added a highlight-reel tally of his own less than two minutes later, finishing with a sniper-like backhand from the slot despite having a defender shadowing him.

"We've just got to be more aware of their best players," said Hurricanes center Eric Staal.

Vaclav Prospal capped the five-goal period with a marker in the final minute.

Hamilton got the Hurricanes on the board at the 7:22 mark of the third, but Lecavalier countered with a breakaway goal with just over five minutes to play for the hat trick.

Game Notes

Carolina's Erik Cole, who suffered a scary neck injury and was taken off the ice on a stretcher Monday, was cleared to fly with his team to Tampa but did not play...The Lightning are 7-1-1 as the host this season.

11/15 00:43:34 ET

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