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game recap

Bolts Earn First Road Win

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Bolts Earn First Road Win
Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Carolina Hurricanes 1
Three Stars of the Game
Vincent Lecavalier
1st
Vincent Lecavalier
C
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 19:56
Mathieu Garon
2nd
SA: 36TOI: 59:50
GA: 1EV: 28-28
PIM: 0PP: 5-6
SV%: .972SH: 2-2
Cory Conacher
3rd
Cory Conacher
C
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 14:12

The Tampa Bay Lightning made themselves right at home on the road on Tuesday night.

Tom Pyatt, Cory Conacher and Keith Aulie each had goals for the Lightning, which earned their first road victory of the season following a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena.

Ryan Malone also added a power-play goal late in the game for Tampa Bay. Vincent Lecavalier had two assists.

“We worked tonight,” Lightning head coach Guy Boucher said. “Our last game, guys were impatient and it wasn’t a lack of effort and it wasn’t that guys weren’t first on the puck, but tonight we needed to work, and work within the structure.”

The win was Tampa Bay’s second in three games to open the season, while Carolina remains without a victory on the year after also falling in the season-opener on Saturday at Florida.

Mathieu Garon, who was phenomenal at times for the Lightning, made 35 saves to earn his first win of the season.

Mathieu Garon stopped 35 of 36 shots faced in his season debut between the pipes.

Jeff Skinner scored the lone goal for Carolina, which is now winless in its first two games for the second consecutive year.

Pyatt opened the scoring approximately five minutes in when he batted a beautiful aerial pass from Lecavalier out of mid-air and past netminder Cam Ward for a 1-0 lead.

Conacher doubled the lead after punching free a loose puck through the five hole of Ward at 11:36.

The Lightning rookie now has five points through his first three career NHL games.

“He’s relentless, just drives the net, is first on puck, gets back on defense, full seed ahead,” Boucher said. “You do that and it’s contagious to the rest of the group, and he’s got all of that.”

Skinner cut the deficit to one while on the power play when he roofed a backhand up high above Garon from his knees to make it 2-1.

The little bit of momentum lasted throughout the remainder of the middle period, as Tampa Bay appeared to be outworked after a solid first stanza.

It ended, however, when Aulie provided a much-needed insurance goal early on in the third. The Bolts defenseman found room, skated in and fired a wrist shot high to the short side and beat Ward to put Tampa Bay up 3-1 at 1:37.

Malone capped the scoring while on the power play at 9:57.

“It was nice to bounce back and have everyone chip in,” Malone said. “It was important to get off to an early start and that carried us. All around, it was a much better defensive effort [than Monday] and Garon played great out there.”

scoring summary
1st Period
05:18
TBL
Tom Pyatt (1) Tip-in - ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (2), Matthew Carle (2)
1 - 0 TBL
11:36
TBL
Cory Conacher (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (3), Teddy Purcell (4)
2 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
03:35
CAR
PPG - Jeff Skinner (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Jordan Staal (1), Alexander Semin (1)
2 - 1 TBL
3rd Period
01:37
TBL
Keith Aulie (1) Snap shot - ASST: Brendan Mikkelson (1)
3 - 1 TBL
09:57
TBL
PPG - Ryan Malone (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Steven Stamkos (4), Sami Salo (1)
4 - 1 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
13:02
TBL
B.J. Crombeen  Boarding against  Jay Harrison
17:09
CAR
Jordan Staal  Tripping against  Martin St. Louis
2nd Period
01:29
TBL
Cory Conacher  Boarding against  Jeff Skinner
03:15
TBL
Ryan Malone  Boarding against  Eric Staal
09:14
CAR
Drayson Bowman  Hooking against  Benoit Pouliot
11:10
TBL
Matthew Carle  Tripping against  Eric Staal
16:28
CAR
Jussi Jokinen  Interference against  Tom Pyatt
3rd Period
01:56
CAR
Tim Brent  Tripping against  Dana Tyrell
01:56
TBL
Dana Tyrell  Holding the stick against  Tim Brent
04:13
CAR
Chad LaRose  Interference against  Cory Conacher
09:36
CAR
Jussi Jokinen  Hooking against  Brendan Mikkelson
12:28
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
13:20
TBL
Adam Hall  Elbowing against  Eric Staal
13:20
CAR
Eric Staal  Roughing against  Adam Hall
19:40
CAR
Eric Staal  Slashing against  Tom Pyatt
goalie stats
Mathieu Garon
SA: 36TOI: 59:50
Saves: 35EV: 28 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .972SH: 2 - 2
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
0-2-0
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 15 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .846SH: 0 - 0