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Carolina Hurricanes 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 5 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Carolina Hurricanes 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 5 FINAL
Carolina Hurricanes 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 5

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- All that mattered to Lightning coach John Tortorella was that his team won its fifth straight game.

He wasn't worried about Tampa Bay's sluggish play after a five-goal first period or a near collapse by struggling goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin.

"Wins are tough to come by in this league. You take the two points and go," Tortorella said Thursday night after a 5-4 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

"The second period we hit the wall. ... It happens. The positive thing out of it is we found a way to finish the game and get the two points."

Tampa Bay forward Martin St. Louis had the second hat trick of his career and Dave Andreychuk got his 1,300th point.

St. Louis scored all three of his goals during the Lightning's five-goal first period against goaltenders Kevin Weekes and Jamie Storr, matching the three-goal performance the All-Star forward had against Carolina on Jan. 30, 2003.

Andreychuk scored the 622nd goal of his 22-year career in the period, making him the 25th player in NHL history with 1,300 points. Brad Richards scored just 35 seconds into the game, and Carolina coach Peter Laviolette yanked Weekes when St. Louis scored on Tampa Bay's second shot, less than three minutes later.

Storr wasn't much better at first, giving up two goals to St. Louis in a three-minute span before Andreychuk got his ninth of the season on a power play to give the Lightning a 5-1 lead.

It turned out that Khabibulin needed every bit of the cushion. Carolina scored three straight goals, pulling to 5-4 on Josef Vasicek's shot from the lower left circle with 10:23 remaining.

Carolina didn't take solace in making it close.

"It really doesn't even matter. It's a loss," Laviolette said.

"Am I supposed to, or are they supposed to say: `Well, good effort. Good try. We fought hard.' Do you think we're in a position to do that? We're not in any position to do that. We're in a position to come out fighting right off the bat."

Pavel Brendl scored his first goal for Carolina since being recalled from the minors to bolster the Hurricanes' offense. Ron Francis added a goal against Khabibulin late in the first period, and Carolina trimmed its deficit to 5-3 when Erik Cole added a power-play goal with 1:22 left in the second.

Khabibulin stopped 20 shots in his first start since a 5-2 loss at Ottawa on Jan. 6, the first game on Tampa Bay's road trip. The Lightning won the last four, with John Grahame giving up one goal each in victories over Montreal, New Jersey, Pittsburgh and the New York Rangers.

"He was OK," Tortorella said of Khabibulin. "A game like this, we knew it was going to be a struggle. We knew it was going to be an interesting game."

After dominating the opening period, Tampa Bay managed just two shots in the second and 11 in the third.

Laviolette pulled Weekes just 3:54 into the game, but the Hurricanes didn't blame their poor start on the goaltender.

"That's what happens when we leave him hanging out to dry," Cole said. "No goalie is going to stop the two goals that went in."

scoring summary
1st Period
00:35
TBL
Brad Richards (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Cory Stillman (17)
1 - 0 TBL
03:24
TBL
Martin St. Louis (16) Tip-in - ASST: Brad Lukowich (4)
2 - 0 TBL
03:54
CAR
Pavel Brendl (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Danny Markov (9), Robert Boughner (3)
2 - 1 TBL
10:12
TBL
Martin St. Louis (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Tim Taylor (7), Dave Andreychuk (10)
3 - 1 TBL
13:07
TBL
PPG - Martin St. Louis (18) Wrist shot - ASST: Cory Stillman (18), Brad Richards (22)
4 - 1 TBL
14:55
TBL
PPG - Dave Andreychuk (9) Tip-in - ASST: Cory Stillman (19), Brad Richards (23)
5 - 1 TBL
17:27
CAR
PPG - Ron Francis (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Josef Vasicek (8), Sean Hill (10)
5 - 2 TBL
2nd Period
18:38
CAR
PPG - Erik Cole (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Josef Vasicek (9), Sean Hill (11)
5 - 3 TBL
3rd Period
09:37
CAR
Josef Vasicek (12) Snap shot - ASST: Ron Francis (11), Erik Cole (13)
5 - 4 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
11:28
CAR
Danny Markov  Closing hand on puck
12:46
CAR
Aaron Ward  Hooking
12:46
TBL
Ruslan Fedotenko  Diving
13:18
CAR
Robert Boughner  Fighting (maj)
13:18
TBL
Chris Dingman  Fighting (maj)
14:44
CAR
Sean Hill  Roughing
15:48
TBL
Pavel Kubina  Tripping
2nd Period
03:56
CAR
Jeff O'Neill  Interference
06:38
TBL
Jassen Cullimore  Interference
08:54
CAR
Josef Vasicek  Roughing
08:54
TBL
Nolan Pratt  Roughing
10:53
CAR
Robert Boughner  Tripping
11:51
CAR
Sean Hill  Slashing
17:28
TBL
Martin Cibak  Hi-sticking
19:56
TBL
Pavel Kubina  Hi-sticking
3rd Period
03:51
TBL
Pavel Kubina  Hi-sticking
goalie stats
Jamie Storr
Jamie Storr
SA: 24TOI: 56:09
Saves: 21EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .875SH: 2 - 2
Kevin Weekes
SA: 2TOI: 3:24
Saves: 0EV: 0 - 2
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .000SH: 0 - 0
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .833SH: 0 - 0