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Lightning 5, Hurricanes 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Lightning 5, Hurricanes 2
Carolina Hurricanes 2, Tampa Bay Lightning 5
Three Stars of the Game
Steven Stamkos
G: 3Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 21:13
Martin St. Louis
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 19:55
Steve Downie
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 17:32




  • Steven Stamkos' hat trick tonight carried him to a league-leading 26 goals on the season and brings him to a total of ten goals in his past eight games
  • Martin St. Louis clinched his 500th career assist and has had points in all five of the games he's played since returning from injury on Dec. 21
  • Steve Downie's second-period assist gives him five assists in the last three games and he has six points (1g, 5a) over that three-game stretch
  • The Lightning are now 2-2-2 in games they were tied in after two periods, Carolina is now 3-8-2 in those games
  • Martin St. Louis' penalty which led to Jay Harrison's first career power-play goal was his first penalty in his last 24 games, dating back to Oct. 22
  • Steven Stamkos has scored 16 of his 26 goals this season on home ice
  • The Lightning scored first in each game of their three-game home stand and now hold a record of 11-6-2 when scoring first in games
  • Mathieu Garon made 24 saves on the night for the Lightning
  • Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman said D Victor Hedman, hurt in Tuesday night's game against Philadelphia, has a concussion and will be sidelined indefinitely
  • The Hurricane's Staal played in his 600th NHL game
  • Faulk and Harrison both stopped personal eight-game goal droughts

Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis helped kick off the New Year’s celebration a little early on Saturday night.

Stamkos notched his fifth career hat trick, St. Louis had three assists, and Mathieu Garon added 24 saves as the Tampa Bay Lightning cruised to a 5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at the newly-named Tampa Bay Times Forum.

“That was a big stepping stone for what we need to be doing here,” St. Louis said. “We know how important it is to get yourself back in the [playoff] chase. We need to take this game and feel good about ourselves. This was big.”

Steve Downie and Teddy Purcell each scored goals for Tampa Bay, which completed a sweep of its three-game home stand and moved back to .500 with a record of 17-17-3.

Ryan Malone also added three assists for the Lightning, winners in five of their past seven.

“It’s huge,” Stamkos said of the victory. “We played a complete game.

We’ll take this win, and it was great to get three in a row.”

Carolina, 1-7-2 in games against the Southeast Division this season, got goals from Justin Faulk and Jay Harrison.

Eric Staal had two assists for the Hurricanes, giving him five points in his past two games, and goaltender Cam Ward stopped 27 of 32 shots.

The loss was Carolina’s fourth in seven games.

Tampa Bay scored three unanswered goals in the final period in a span of just under seven minutes to put the game away rather quickly.

“We have to learn that on the road it’s going to be a battle,” Carolina head coach Kirk Muller said. “We have to be ready to play three periods. Tampa Bay was ready to play in the third and we weren’t.”

Stamkos scored his third goal of the game and league-leading 26th of the season just 43 seconds into the final frame while on the power play to restore the Lightning’s one-goal lead.

Just 22 seconds later, Purcell made it 4-2, and Downie capped the scoring with his sixth of the season at 6:51.

St. Louis’ assist on Stamkos’ final goal was the 500th of his career. He now has one goal and seven assists during a five-game point streak.

“I’m proud of that,” St. Louis said. “When you come into this league you don’t think about that, you are just trying to find your way. And along the way, you reach certain benchmarks, you get recognized for different things and it’s flattering. But it’s an honor even to play in this league.”

St. Louis set up Stamkos’ first goal to open the scoring at 3:22 of the first.

Faulk tied it while on the power play at 16:12, gathering a rebound from the side of the net and wristing one from a sharp angle past Garon to draw Carolina even.

Carolina took its first lead of the game after a questionable holding call on St. Louis along the end boards gave the Hurricanes their third power-play chance of the night. Harrison took advantage of the opportunity, beating Garon at 4:29 for a 2-1 advantage.

The Hurricanes entered the contest with the NHL’s third-worst power play.

Stamkos’ second of the night came at 8:17 of the middle frame, and in highlight-reel fashion, to knot the game at two after he split a pair of defenders in the slot and wristed one past Ward to erase a one-goal deficit.

“Obviously when you get a 2-1 lead on the road, you want to finish better,” Hurricanes forward Jussi Jokinen said. “That’s been our problem and we can’t win games on the road. That’s something we need to get better at soon.”

Tampa Bay thought it had an additional tally from Dominic Moore midway through the third, but it was waived off following a video review after officials determined Moore had interfered with Ward in the crease.

The jumbotron inside the arena clearly showed the puck in the net before Moore was knocked into the net minder by Hurricanes forward Tim Brent, but nonetheless it did not stand to keep the score at 5-2.

“We can’t ask for more right now,” Lightning head coach Guy Boucher said. “They’re doing great, everybody’s finding a role and a chair to fit in. Tonight I thought four lines and three pairs and the goaltender all did their job and it was a real team effort in all aspects of the game, so it was very solid."

scoring summary
1st Period
Steven Stamkos (24) ASST: Martin St. Louis (18), Steve Downie (9)
1 - 0 TBL
PPG - Justin Faulk (2) ASST: Drayson Bowman (2), Eric Staal (15)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
PPG - Jay Harrison (3) ASST: Eric Staal (16), Jamie McBain (13)
2 - 1 CAR
Steven Stamkos (25) ASST: Martin St. Louis (19), Steve Downie (10)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
PPG - Steven Stamkos (26) ASST: Martin St. Louis (20), Ryan Malone (11)
3 - 2 TBL
Teddy Purcell (7) ASST: Ryan Malone (12), Brett Clark (6)
4 - 2 TBL
Steve Downie (6) ASST: Ryan Malone (13), Tom Pyatt (2)
5 - 2 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
Teddy Purcell  Hooking against  Jamie McBain
2nd Period
Brett Clark  Tripping against  Brandon Sutter
Martin St. Louis  Holding against  Justin Faulk
Jussi Jokinen  Slashing against  Dana Tyrell
Chad LaRose  Hooking against  Steven Stamkos
3rd Period
Vincent Lecavalier  Roughing against  Tim Brent
Cam Ward  Roughing against  Dominic Moore
Dominic Moore  Interference on goalkeeper against  Cam Ward
Tim Brent  Roughing against  Dominic Moore
Steven Stamkos  Hooking against  Drayson Bowman
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Boarding against  Bruno Gervais
goalie stats
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 22 - 26
PIM: 2PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .844SH: 2 - 2
Mathieu Garon
Mathieu Garon
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 23 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .923SH: 0 - 0