Tampa Bay Lightning
Carolina
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Tampa Bay
Lightning
46-22-8-6

26 SOG
21 SOG
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game recap

Carolina Hurricanes 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 1 FINAL

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:27 AM

Associated Press

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Carolina Hurricanes 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 1 FINAL
Carolina Hurricanes 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ The Tampa Bay Lightning finally had an off night.

Sean Hill had two goals, and Kevin Weekes made 20 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes snapped the Lightning's 18-game point streak with a 5-1 victory Saturday night.

``You know something like this is going to happen,'' Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. ``It doesn't make it any easier to go through it. We were slow in everything we did. I don't think it was through a lack of preparing and trying, but nothing went right.''

Rod Brind'Amour, Jaroslav Svoboda and Radim Vrbata had the other goals for Carolina, 5-0-1-1 in its past seven road games.

``They're playing really well right now ... it was nice to be a thorn in their side for one night anyway,'' Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said.

Ruslan Fedotenko scored for Tampa Bay.

NHL scoring leader Martin St. Louis had an assist for the Lightning, who have a one-point lead in the race for the Presidents' Trophy over Western Conference-leading Detroit.

Tampa Bay, 26-4-2-4 since Jan. 3, was 14-0-2-2 to record the longest points streak in the NHL this season. The Lightning had won seven straight at home and lost for the first time in regulation since Feb. 3.

``Guys looked a little tired tonight,'' Tampa Bay defenseman Dan Boyle said. ``The energy definitely wasn't there. We've had some bad periods in the last five games, but not the whole game. Tonight it was all three of them.''

Fedotenko put the Lightning up 1-0 during a two-on-one at 5:25 of the first period.

Carolina took a 2-1 lead on goals by Hill, at 5:59, and Brind'Amour with 3:51 left in the first. Erik Cole set up Brind'Amour's goal, during a two-on-one, by diving forward and swatting a pass into the slot from the left circle.

``They've been on an unbelievable run, but it's got to come to an end sometime,'' Cole said.

Tampa Bay didn't record a shot in the final 12:45 of the first period.

Svoboda scored his first goal in 25 games to put Carolina ahead 3-1 at 3:45 of the second. The third Hurricanes' goal came on their eighth shot on goalie John Grahame, who finished with 21 saves.

Weekes turned aside Fredrik Modin's in-close backhander midway through the second. He also made a strong save on Dan Boyle's drive from the slot early in the third.

Vrbata made it 4-1 on a backhander at 10:36 of the third. Hill scored his second of the game during a five-on-three power play with 1:51 left.

``They outworked us,'' Lightning defenseman Cory Sarich said. ``We can't take a night off like we did tonight. You do it, you get beat no matter who you are in the league.''

scoring summary
1st Period
05:25
TBL
Ruslan Fedotenko (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (30), Martin St. Louis (51)
1 - 0 TBL
05:59
CAR
Sean Hill (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Josef Vasicek (20), Justin Williams (25)
1 - 1 Tie
16:09
CAR
Rod Brind'Amour (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Erik Cole (20)
2 - 1 CAR
2nd Period
03:45
CAR
Jaroslav Svoboda (1) Tip-in - ASST: Radim Vrbata (10), Kevyn Adams (10)
3 - 1 CAR
3rd Period
10:36
CAR
Radim Vrbata (11) Backhand shot - ASST: Jaroslav Svoboda (1), Kevyn Adams (11)
4 - 1 CAR
18:09
CAR
PPG - Sean Hill (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Erik Cole (21), Justin Williams (26)
5 - 1 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
06:47
CAR
Jaroslav Svoboda  Hi-sticking
15:32
CAR
Justin Williams  Slashing
15:32
TBL
Nolan Pratt  Slashing
2nd Period
00:16
TBL
Cory Sarich  Interference
07:46
TBL
Ruslan Fedotenko  Tripping
13:15
TBL
Martin Cibak  Cross checking
16:32
CAR
Rod Brind'Amour  Tripping
3rd Period
00:49
CAR
Justin Williams  Slashing
02:35
CAR
Kevyn Adams  Slashing
02:35
TBL
Dave Andreychuk  Slashing
12:25
TBL
Andre Roy  Roughing
16:40
TBL
Pavel Kubina  Roughing
17:22
TBL
Nolan Pratt  Cross checking
18:18
TBL
Tim Taylor  Unsportsmanlike conduct
goalie stats
Kevin Weekes
SA: 21TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 15 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .952SH: 3 - 3
John Grahame
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 11 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .808SH: 1 - 1