NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Carolina
(Saturday, October 28th)
Final Score: Carolina 6, Tampa Bay 4
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Eric Staal, Kevyn Adams and Erik Cole scored the fastest three goals in franchise history, tallying 43 seconds apart in the first period, as Carolina topped the Tampa Bay Lightning, 6-4, at the RBC Center.
Staal, one night short of his 22nd birthday, scored twice and added an assist. Scott Walker had two goals and Rod Brind'Amour finished with three assists for the Hurricanes, who split the home-and-home set after falling, 5-1, at Tampa Thursday night.
Cam Ward stopped 19 shots for Carolina, which beat Tampa Bay for the second time in three matchups this season. The defending Stanley Cup champions had lost three of four overall entering Saturday, but scored three times on 13 shots in the opening period to take an early advantage.
"I thought we played a really strong game," Hurricanes head coach Peter Laviolette said. "Defensively, we let in four goals, but I think we were better than that defensively. They just caught us on the end of a couple of power plays and some tough bounces. We were good defensively, we tried to play tight and aggressive. That's the style that we need to play."
Vinny Prospal and Vincent Lecavalier each had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who had a three-game winning streak broken. Marc Denis allowed four goals on 17 shots before being replaced in the second period by Johan Holmqvist, who ended with 10 saves.
"I thought our power play was better after the first period," Lightning head coach John Tortorella said. "I thought a lot of things in our game was better. So we'll take the good things out of it and we certainly don't have too much time to worry about this one because we have a game tomorrow."
Prospal scored 5:48 into the game, but the Hurricanes posted three goals quickly on Denis. Staal's came on the power play on a wrister from the right circle at 8:23. Just nine seconds later, Dan Boyle turned the puck over in his own zone. Denis saved Craig Adams' shot from the bottom of the left circle, but Kevyn Adams poked in the rebound.
Cole then scored at 9:06 on a tip in from in front after a pass from Ray Whitney.
Staal made it 4-1 at 5:14 of the second with another power play goal. He flipped the puck from the right side of the net off the skate of Tampa Bay defenseman Paul Ranger and then past Denis, who was promptly replaced by Holmqvist.
The Lightning got within 4-3 as Ruslan Fedotenko and Lecavalier scored just over four minutes apart later in the second. Fedotenko notched the 100th goal of his career on a tip-in from the slot, while Lecavalier tallied on the power play at 16:41.
However, Walker had two straight goals, at 17:34 of the second and 55 seconds into the third. His first came on a shot from the right circle, and the latter was a rebound in front.
Martin St. Louis scored midway through the third period for the final margin.
The three goals beat the previous franchise mark of 63 seconds set by the Hartford Whalers against Toronto in January 1987...The NHL record for fastest three goals is 20 seconds by the Boston Bruins against Vancouver on February 25, 1971...Tampa Bay was 1-for-6 on the power play, while Carolina was 2-for-6...The Hurricanes play at Atlanta Wednesday, while the Lightning host San Jose Sunday.
10/29 01:25:30 ET