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Hurricanes 2, Lightning 1, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Amanda Harris

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Hurricanes 2, Lightning 1, SO
Tampa Bay Lightning 1, Carolina Hurricanes 2

A win would have meant a two-point gain on a division rival and done much to lessen the sting of Saturday night’s opening loss.

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On the heels of a shootout loss in Carolina Tuesday night, the Bolts will now fly home with a much-deserved point and an opportunity to win their first of the season in front of the hometown fans.

First Period

In the end, it all came down to Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu who beat Mike Smith stick side in the post-overtime spectacle to cap a 2-1 Hurricane victory.

"I wasn't sure what I was going to do but it ended up working out so that was pretty good," Ruutu said. "I just had to shoot somewhere. These games are so tight right now."

Not to say the Lightning didn’t put up a fight as it hit the ice at the RBC Center to face an aggressive Carolina squad (and equally fired up crowd).

Though outshout 14-11 in the first period, Tampa Bay created a handful of quality chances with Vinny Lecavalier and Steve Downie meshing nicely on a 2-on-1 and the Lightning’s third line of James Wright, Jeff Halpern, and Drew Miller bringing both speed and pressure into the Canes’ zone.

As luck would have it, none other than former Bolt Jussi Jokinen would light the lamp to give Carolina the early lead after collecting a long outlet pass from Joni Pitkanen and sliding it underneath Smith while on the man advantage.

Though the play was under review for several minutes, the goal was deemed good and remained the lone tally on the board as the opening 20 wound down.

Second Period

The second period could best be described as a penalty tit-for-tat.

With Staal in the box for interference, the Bolts got both a clean sheet of ice and a full two minutes on the power play to start the middle stanza.

But with the faceoff taken at center ice and Carolina fronting a notably aggressive penalty killing unit, Tampa Bay had difficulty setting up in the offensive zone and was unable to convert for the second time in as many chances.

Only when the Canes drew nearly simultaneous penalties at 4:02 and 4:43 to afford the Lightning an extended 5-on-3 did the puck eventually find the back of the net for the boys in blue.

After seeing his give-and-go opportunity with Marty St. Louis foiled by Cam Ward, Ryan Malone choked up on his stick with mere seconds left on the two-man advantage and took a swing at Steven Stamkos’ crossbar rebound to put the Lightning on the board and tie the score at one all.

Despite a number of additional penalties that ensued, the score remained tied as the second came to a close thanks to Smith’s outstanding play between the pipes.

Third Period

Throughout the third period, the Lightning carried much of the game when playing at even strength.

Stamkos had a nice chance on a great look off the rush but his nemesis, the crossbar, reared its ugly head again and deflected the puck back into play.

With both teams unable to nudge the goal count up a notch, the game entered a rather uneventful overtime period before heading to the shootout.


Carolina’s Sergei Samsonov scored first after beating Smith’s poke check and Ward got a blocker down to stop St. Louis’ attempt.

In round two, Lecavalier’s backhand missed and ended up hitting the right post while Smith stopped Jokinen’s shot to keep the Bolts in it.

A third Tampa Bay shooter was unnecessary as Ruutu knocked in the winner.

"It's a little mental right now," Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet said. "It was the second game of the year. It's one of those things where you have to stick with it. You've just got to free your mind. It's you against the goalie, that's all it is. It's tough when you're in a rut."

Still, the Lightning managed to pick up a point as they leave Carolina 0-1-1 on the season.

Defensively, the pairing of Matt Walker and Paul Ranger seemed to click and Victor Hedman continues to impress with his steadfast effort night-in and night-out.

Andrej Meszaros played in his 300th career NHL game, while Smith recorded his 100th.

Malone’s power play goal marked his first on the season. St. Louis and Stamkos were credited with assists and each now carry a two-game point streak into Thursday’s home opener against New Jersey.

scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Jussi Jokinen (1) ASST: Joni Pitkanen (1), Cam Ward (1)
1 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
PPG - Ryan Malone (1) ASST: Steven Stamkos (2), Martin St. Louis (1)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
OT Period
1S. SamsonovM. St. Louis
2J. JokinenV. Lecavalier
3T. Ruutu
penalty summary
1st Period
Tim Conboy  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Tim Conboy
Joe Corvo  Cross checking against  Ryan Malone
Vincent Lecavalier  Hooking against  Joni Pitkanen
Eric Staal  Interference against  Martin St. Louis
2nd Period
Sergei Samsonov  Interference against  Andrej Meszaros
Matt Cullen  Hooking against  Steven Stamkos
Stephane Veilleux  Hi-sticking against  Ray Whitney
Mike Smith  Roughing against  Stephane Yelle
Joni Pitkanen  Interference against  Vincent Lecavalier
Joni Pitkanen  Unsportsmanlike conduct
Eric Staal  Hooking against  Martin St. Louis
Victor Hedman  Hooking against  Matt Cullen
3rd Period
Chad LaRose  Interference on goalkeeper against  Mike Smith
OT Period
David Hale  Tripping against  Matt Cullen
goalie stats
Mike Smith
Mike Smith
SA: 28TOI: 65:00
Saves: 27EV: 24 - 24
PIM: 2PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .964SH: 2 - 2
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
SA: 30TOI: 64:43
Saves: 29EV: 19 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .967SH: 2 - 2