NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Carolina
(Thursday, November 8th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, Carolina 1
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Shane O'Brien netted a pair of goals to pace the Tampa Bay Lightning past the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-1, at the RBC Center.
Vaclav Prospal had a goal and two assists and Michel Ouellet donated a pair of helpers for the Lightning, who have won two in a row since dropping six straight. This was Tampa Bay's first road win of the season.
Johan Holmqvist, meanwhile, turned in a dominant performance and finished with 40 saves.
Ray Whitney scored the lone goal for Carolina, which had a modest two-game winning streak snapped. Cam Ward yielded five goals on 31 shots.
"I don't think we came out very strong," said Hurricanes head coach Peter Laviolette. "I thought they just had the jump on us. The first 20 minutes they were able to get a couple of goals."
Tampa opened up the scoring 12:23 into the contest as Vincent Lecavalier dished a centering feed to Ouellet from behind the goal line, then moved into the slot. Ouellet gave the puck right back to Lecavalier, who polished off the sequence with a quick wrister.
Less than four minutes later the Lightning broke out on a 2-on-1, leading to O'Brien's rebound putback for a 2-0 lead.
Filip Kuba stretched the advantage to three early in the second with a wrister from the left circle that found room short-side.
Lecavalier had a chance to notch his second goal of the night with under five minutes to play in the stanza after being awarded a penalty shot, but was denied by Ward.
O'Brien, though, got his second of the game moments later with a breakaway tally at the 18:11 mark.
Whitney put Carolina on the board 2:04 into the third. The Hurricanes had several quality chances in the ensuing minutes, but were unable to cash in.
"We kept it simple. I thought we played defensively; we're trying to really stress that," said Lightning head coach John Tororella.
Prospal then capped the scoring with a rebound putback with 6:24 to play in regulation.
Carolina's Matt Cullen extended his assist streak to eight games, which is tied for the longest in Hurricane history...This was the first of back-to-back road games for the Lightning, who will also make a stop in Washington on Saturday...This is the first of eight meetings between the Hurricanes and Lightning this season.
11/09 00:42:32 ET