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Saturday, November 1st (All times eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (2-3-4-0) at Tampa Bay Lightning (6-0-1-0), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning try to stay unbeaten this evening when they continue their six-game homestand against the Carolina Hurricanes at the St. Pete Times Forum.

On Thursday, Dave Andreychuk scored the tying goal early in the third period and Nikolai Khabibulin came up with a number of big saves in overtime, as Tampa Bay skated to a 2-2 draw with the San Jose Sharks.

The Lightning failed to win for the first time this season, but their 6-0-1 mark leaves them as the only undefeated team in the NHL. Last year, Tampa Bay also went unbeaten in its opening seven games at 5-0-2.

Khabibulin finished with 25 saves, including six in overtime, while Pavel Kubina notched a goal and an assist for the Lightning. Tampa Bay was trying to become the first team to win its first seven games since the Pittsburgh Penguins in the lockout-shortened 1994-95 campaign.

Andreychuk tied it on a power play at 5:09 of the third. A shot from the point was deflected on net and Evgeni Nabokov made the save, but Andreychuk was at the left side of the crease for the rebound and swept it home for his first goal of the season.

The 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers, who opened 12-0-3, own the NHL record for the longest unbeaten streak to start a season.

The Lightning, which are 4-0-1 at home this season, will close their current swing with visits from Washington, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh.

Carolina, meanwhile, watched its unbeaten streak come to a close at six Thursday night via a 4-1 loss to the host New York Rangers.

Josef Vasicek, coming off his first career hat trick in Tuesday's 3-0 victory against San Jose, scored for the Hurricanes, who were 2-0-4 during their run.

Kevin Weekes, who had posted consecutive shutouts entering the tilt, turned aside 22 shots in the setback.

On the injury front defenseman Sean Hill, who has missed the Hurricanes last two games with a groin injury, is questionable for tonight's affair.

The Lightning were 3-0-2 versus the Canes last season and are 6-3-2 against them in the last 11 meetings. Carolina has also lost five of its last seven in Tampa.

11/01 10:39:43 ET


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