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game recap

Hurricanes 5, Lightning 2

Thursday, 01.12.2012 / 10:12 PM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Hurricanes 5, Lightning 2
Carolina Hurricanes 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 2
Three Stars of the Game
Jiri Tlusty
1st
Jiri Tlusty
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 16:54
Tuomo Ruutu
2nd
Tuomo Ruutu
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 2Hits: 2
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 4TOI: 18:53
Eric Staal
3rd
Eric Staal
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 3Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 3TOI: 19:00

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NOTEWORTHY

  • Tonight's goal give Teddy Purcell seven points (3G, 4A) over his past 12 games
  • Brune Gervais' assists on Purcell's goal gives him five points this season (3G, 2A) over his past 12 games
  • Steven Stamkos' assist gives him 19 points (14G, 5A) over his last 13 games and points in 10 straight home games, dating back to Nov. 19
  • Tonight was just the fourth time in the Lightning's last 12 games, and sixth time in their last 15 games that they didn't score the game's first goal, Tampa Bay is 11-8-2 when scoring first this season and 6-12-2 when their opponent scores first
  • Nate Thompson's goal was his first since Dec. 15 against the Calgary Flames and was his first career tally against the Hurricanes

The Tampa Bay Lightning got the secondary scoring it needed, just not the desired result it hoped would come with it.

Nate Thompson and Teddy Purcell each had goals for Tampa Bay, which couldn’t recover from a slow start that led to a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

The Lightning, which concluded a two-game home stand, looks to snap a five-game losing streak as it finishes off a back-to-back set against Washington on Friday.

“I would say this is the hardest one to take this year,” Lightning head coach Guy Boucher said. “We can’t have that.”

Jiri Tlusty had two goals for the Hurricanes, and Tuomo Ruutu, Jay Harrison and Tim Brent also scored for Carolina, which got 34 saves from goaltender Cam Ward. Eric Staal added three assists.

The Hurricanes saw their two-game losing streak come to a halt, while

Tampa Bay dropped to 11-6-1 at home this season.

Tlusty scored twice in a four-goal first period for Carolina, helping the Hurricanes take a 4-1 lead into the intermission.

He made it 2-0 when he fired a wrist shot to the far post with 15:19 still left to go in the first after Ruutu opened the game’s scoring by roofing a shot over Mathieu Garon at 3:27.

“We owed them from last time,” Tlusty said. “We didn’t show our game the last time we were here, so we had it in our minds. We put the puck in behind their D, and worked their D, so that gave us the opportunity to score and we capitalized.”

Garon stopped just five of eight shots in just over 15 minutes of action before being relieved in goal by Dwayne Roloson.

“I don’t like it,” Boucher said of pulling his goalie. “I really don’t, but I had to do something to turn it around. I thought Roli was handling a lot and making the right saves for us and looking confident in there.”

Thompson got Tampa Bay on the board and cut the deficit in half on a breakaway at 14:36. He stole a Carolina pass near center ice and raced in all alone before making a nifty move and backhanding one past Ward for his fourth of the year.

Harrison’s shot from the left circle pulled Carolina back ahead by two just 34 seconds later, ending Garon’s night.

Roloson didn’t fare much better, as Tlusty’s second of the night capped the first-period scoring at 16:18 of the first. A video review confirmed that Staal's pass, which deflected off Tlusty, entered the net before it became dislodged.

“The puck just hit me and I saw it go in the net,” Tlusty added. “And after that, the post got hit, so I thought it was supposed to be a goal.”

Purcell brought the Lightning to within two when he took a pass from Bruno Gervais behind the net and tapped-one home past Ward to open the second period’s scoring.

The goal snapped a four-game scoring drought for the Lightning forward, who prior to Thursday, last lit the lamp in the team’s most recent meeting with Carolina on New Year’s Eve in Tampa Bay.

Steven Stamkos recorded an assist on the night, hours after being named to the 2012 NHL All-Star Team. Stamkos has at least a point in each of his team’s home games dating back to Nov. 19.

Carolina extended the advantage to 5-2 on Brent’s goal at 13:41 of the third.

“I don’t know what it is,” Stamkos said of the loss. “We know what we have to do. We played a good game against one of the best teams in Vancouver and we have a tough time against a team that’s almost in the same situation as us.”

scoring summary
1st Period
03:27
CAR
Tuomo Ruutu (15) Wrist shot - ASST: Eric Staal (21), Jiri Tlusty (8)
1 - 0 CAR
04:41
CAR
Jiri Tlusty (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Eric Staal (22)
2 - 0 CAR
14:36
TBL
Nate Thompson (4) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 1 CAR
15:10
CAR
Jay Harrison (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Tuomo Ruutu (10), Justin Faulk (7)
3 - 1 CAR
16:18
CAR
Jiri Tlusty (9) Tip-in - ASST: Eric Staal (23), Tuomo Ruutu (11)
4 - 1 CAR
2nd Period
02:49
TBL
Teddy Purcell (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Bruno Gervais (2), Steven Stamkos (19)
4 - 2 CAR
3rd Period
13:41
CAR
Tim Brent (5) Snap shot - ASST: Anthony Stewart (4), Jay Harrison (11)
5 - 2 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
12:08
CAR
Jay Harrison  Cross checking against  Steve Downie
17:13
TBL
Ryan Malone  Fighting (maj) against  Jay Harrison
17:13
CAR
Jay Harrison  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Malone
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
05:16
CAR
Eric Staal  Tripping against  Teddy Purcell
10:39
TBL
Martin St. Louis  Tripping against  Eric Staal
goalie stats
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
15-16-6
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 30 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .944SH: 0 - 0
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 24TOI: 44:50
Saves: 22EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0
Mathieu Garon
SA: 8TOI: 15:10
Saves: 5EV: 5 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .625SH: 0 - 0