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 victory.
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 circle.
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.
03/14 00:37:51 ET