NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Carolina
(Thursday, February 1st)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Carolina 0
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis each had a goal and an assist and Johan Holmqvist turned aside all 31 shots to record his first career shutout as Tampa Bay blanked struggling Carolina, 4-0.
Ryan Craig and Doug Janik also scored, while Vaclav Prospal had two assists for the Lightning, who have won four of their last five and nine of their last 11.
John Grahame gave up all four Tampa Bay goals on just 20 shots for the Hurricanes, who have lost three in a row and five of their last six.
"When you look at it, there are chances and opportunities out there," said Carolina head coach Peter Laviolette. "We got some looks, but the shots didn't get through."
After a scoreless first period, Tampa Bay struck for two goals late in the second period to grab the lead.
With 4:48 left in the stanza and Tampa Bay on the power play, St. Louis, from behind the net, chipped the puck in front for Craig, who slapped the puck up and over Grahame for the first goal.
"We scored a funky one there," said Tampa Bay head coach John Tortorella. "The very first goal of the game was an important one.
Then, with 36.9 seconds left before the second intermission, Eric Perrin sent the puck into the slot for a streaking Janik and he one-timed the feed past Grahame to make it 2-0.
Lecavalier gave the Lightning a three-goal advantage just under three minutes into the final period with his 32nd tally of the season before setting up St. Louis for his 32nd just over six minutes later on a Tampa Bay power play.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Hurricanes will travel to Washington on Friday to meet President Bush in an afternoon ceremony...Before the game, Carolina activated defenseman Bret Hedican from injured reserve. He had been out since undergoing surgery January 5 to repair a torn ligament in his left hand ring finger..Carolina forward Erik Cole also returned to the lineup after missing the Hurricanes' 4-1 loss to Toronto on Tuesday with a lower-body contusion.
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