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LIGHTNING (28-16-5) vs. HURRICANES (20-18-9)
Tampa Bay 5-4-1; Carolina 6-3-1
Sun Sports; AM 970 WFLA
This is the third and final meeting between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes. The Lightning have won the first two games against the Hurricanes outscoring them by a combined total of 6-2. Tampa Bay's Radko Gudas scored the game-winner in overtime in their most recent contest on December 21.
Winning eight out of their last 10 on the road the Bolts look to shake off Saturday's loss in Carolina Sunday. It is also the second half of back-to-back games for both teams, yet this will be the Lightning's fifth game in seven days.
LIGHTNING – The first week in a race to a February break will be complete after Sunday's contest against the Hurricanes at PNC Arena. During this week's stretch of five games in seven days, Tampa Bay has gone 1-2-1, including a 5-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks in their first half of back-to-back games Saturday. It was a disappointing showing for the Bolts as Martin St. Louis could only enjoy the accomplishment of scoring four goals in a single game until the Sharks took momentum and handed them their fifth straight loss at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
The Lightning put pressure on San Jose with six forwards on the ice for nearly the last two minutes of play, but on the last shot of the game Sami Salo's stick broke, which pretty much said it all for the team in the loss. Defenseman Victor Hedman also was helped off the ice and did not return Saturday after blocking a shot off his leg and his status remains uncertain for Sunday.
HURRICANES – Carolina started January by going 4-0, but were on a two-game losing streak heading into Saturday's game against the Florida Panthers. Finding themselves tied going into the final 20 minutes of play versus Florida, Alexander Semin scored two goals to lift the Hurricanes to a 3-2 victory. Semin was reunited with linemates' Eric Staal and Jiri Tlusty and the chemistry instantly showed in the team's 20th win of the season.
Now Carolina must strive for consistency. Though they sit in seventh place in the Metropolitan Division standings, they are only six points behind the second place Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers (tie).
Tying a franchise record for most goals by an individual player in one game (four) set during the Bolts' first-ever game by Chris Kontos, captain Martin St. Louis scored four goals for the first time in his career against the Sharks Saturday. Teddy Purcell has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past five games.
1/13 – Reassigned G Cedrick Desjardins to the Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
1/16 – Reassigned D Andrej Sustr to the Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Lightning – D Keith Aulie (upper body, day-to-day), D Victor Hedman (lower body, day-to-day), D Brian Lee (knee, out), F Steven Stamkos (broken right tibia, out); Hurricanes – F Drayson Bowman (lower body, day-to-day), G Cam Ward (lower body, out)
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