Lightning 4, Hurricanes 1

Peter Pupello  - Lightning Beat Reporter | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat had a night to remember on Saturday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

They even added their names to the franchise history books, too.

Johnson and Palat each scored their first career NHL goals, and Mathieu Garon turned back 21 of 22 shots faced as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 in front of a 15th consecutive sellout crowd of 19,204.

It was the first time in the 20-year history of the franchise that a pair of Lightning teammates recorded their first career NHL goals in the same game.

“A lot of emotions,” Johnson said. “Glad to see it go in, and it’s something that I’ll always remember.”

Alex Killorn and Cory Conacher each assisted on the goal, as the trio, all of whom played for the Lightning’s top minor league affiliate last season, combined for four points on the night.

The victory snapped a five-game losing skid at home for the Lightning, which prior to Saturday night, last won at the Times Forum on February 19 in a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

More importantly, it stalled Carolina’s chances of moving up further at the top of the Southeast Division standings, as the Lightning improved to 12-15-1 with 25 points, now just six behind the first-place Hurricanes.

“I’m pleased with the result,” Tampa Bay head coach Guy Boucher said. “We’ve played this way in 14 of our last 16 games, but we just didn’t get the result. So, I was pleased tonight.”

Nate Thompson and Teddy Purcell also scored for Tampa Bay, while Victor Hedman led all skaters in the game with a plus-3 rating.

Eric Staal had Carolina’s only goal on the night, and spoiled Garon’s bid for a 21st career shutout at 6:21 of the final frame.

Garon, making his first appearance in net since March 4, improved to 3-0-0 against the Hurricanes this season.

Carolina, meanwhile, lost for the second time in as many games.

Justin Peters made 22 saves in the defeat.

“We felt like we played a pretty good game to be honest,” Staal said. “There were areas where I thought we could have tightened up a little bit, but overall the work ethic and the compete level was there.”

Johnson opened the scoring just past the halfway point when he zipped a wrist shot past Peters for a 1-0 lead.

Tampa Bay then went up 2-0 in the second when Palat tipped in a shot from the point from Sami Salo that snuck past Peters.

“From the their first shift on the ice, they were everywhere,” Boucher said of rookies Johnson and Palat. “We knew they were skilled, we knew they were fast and we knew that they worked hard.”

Thompson extended the Lightning lead to 3-0 at 12:55 of the middle frame when he finished off a breakaway by shielding off the defender with the body and lifting a wrist shot high above Peters for his fourth of the season.

Carolina finally got on the board at 6:21 of the third after Eric Staal beat Garon less than three minutes after Purcell brought the score to 4-0 in favor of the Lightning.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
10:54TBL Tyler Johnson (1) ASST: Alex Killorn (7), Cory Conacher (14) 1 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
06:35TBL Ondrej Palat (1) ASST: Sami Salo (9), Tyler Johnson (1) 2 - 0 TBL
12:55TBL Nate Thompson (6) ASST: B.J. Crombeen (5), Matt Carle (7) 3 - 0 TBL
3rd Period
03:54TBL Teddy Purcell (5) ASST: Martin St. Louis (30), Victor Hedman (9) 4 - 0 TBL
06:21CAR Eric Staal (13) ASST: Alexander Semin (21) 4 - 1 TBL
Three Stars of the Game
Victor Hedman
Victor Hedman
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 25:04
Tyler Johnson
Tyler Johnson
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 8:56
Nate Thompson
Nate Thompson
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:05
Penalty Summary
1st Period
08:45CAR Joe Corvo  Tripping against  Tom Pyatt
2nd Period
3rd Period
11:25TBL Steven Stamkos  Roughing against  Joni Pitkanen
14:29TBL Ondrej Palat  Too many men/ice - bench
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/20/1
Faceoff Wins2236
Blocked Shots1021
Penalty Minutes24
4J. McBainD00-10022:07
6T. GleasonD00-21020:31
11J. StaalC0006019:33
12E. StaalC1001018:47
18A. HallR00-2009:38
19J. TlustyL0001015:14
20R. NashC00-10013:08
21D. BowmanL00-11013:08
25J. PitkanenD00-13020:06
27J. FaulkD00-12024:03
28A. SeminR0103019:05
29T. WallaceR00-11010:19
36J. JokinenL00-10014:12
37T. BrentC00-1009:36
39P. DwyerR0001017:57
44J. HarrisonD00-10022:06
53J. SkinnerL00-12018:49
77J. CorvoD00-1029:41
35J. Peters2226.84660:00
2E. BrewerD0012017:39
3K. AulieD0000015:15
6S. SaloD0120020:47
11T. PyattC0004017:06
12R. MaloneL0010017:41
16T. PurcellL1003015:36
17A. KillornC0110016:33
19B. CrombeenR0113016:09
25M. CarleD0101019:32
26M. St. LouisR0101019:18
42D. TyrellC001009:37
44N. ThompsonC1011016:05
63T. JohnsonC112208:56
74O. PalatL101309:16
75R. GudasD0002020:03
77V. HedmanD0130025:04
89C. ConacherC0110012:30
91S. StamkosC0004218:53
32M. Garon2122.95560:00