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Lightning 4, Hurricanes 1

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A pair of rookies helped the Tampa Bay Lightning end a long losing streak at home.

Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat both scored their first NHL goals, and the Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 on Saturday night to snap their home skid at five.

It is the first time in Lightning history that two players netted their first goal in the same game.

"You look at Johnson and you look at Palat, they made a difference," Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said.

Nate Thompson and Teddy Purcell also scored for the Lightning, who are 3-8 in their last 11 games.

Eric Staal scored the only goal for the Hurricanes, who dropped to 3-7 against fellow Southeast Division teams. Coupled with Winnipeg's 5-4 shootout win over Toronto on Saturday, Carolina fell one point behind the Jets for the division lead.

Tampa Bay, with Mathieu Garon starting in goal each time, has won all three games this season against the Hurricanes. Tampa Bay has beaten three Carolina goalies - Justin Peters, Cam Ward and Dan Ellis - in the process.

"They've been strong against us," Carolina coach Kirk Muller said. "For a majority of the games, they seem to get that first goal which gives them that different look with their hockey club. They've done a good job shutting down our top guys, which hasn't happened too much this year in our games."

Carolina claimed Adam Hall off waivers from the Lightning before the game, and the veteran forward made his Hurricanes debut against his former team.

"Coming out, I was looking forward to the challenge of playing against those guys and trying to get a big win," Hall said. "It didn't work out for us."

Johnson put the Lightning ahead 1-0 when he beat Peters from the low left circle with 9:06 left in the first. Tampa Bay (12-15-1) is 11-1 when leading after one period.

"A lot of emotions," said Johnson, whose parents were in attendance for his second NHL game.

After Palat scored on a redirection that went off his skate on Sami Salo's shot from the blue line at 6:35 of the second, Thompson made it 3-0 with 7:05 to go in the period with a breakaway goal.

"I went hard to the net ... I didn't see the puck at all," Palat said. "I just tried to screen the goalie, so I'm happy it went in."

Purcell scored on a breakaway to put Tampa Bay up 4-0 at 3:54 of the third.

Staal ended Garon's shutout bid during a breakaway at 6:21.

"I thought we played hard," Muller said. "The competition was high, and we knew it was going to be a battle. Sometimes you've got to give the other team credit. They played a good game. It just wasn't our night."

The Hurricanes have allowed at least four goals in 12 of the past 16 games against the Lightning and have a 2-8-2 mark when they do.

Garon stopped three shots by Jordan Staal in the first and second periods. Peters made a glove save on Palat's diving backhander 7 minutes into the game.

Carolina defenseman Joe Corvo left in the second period because of an undisclosed lower body injury.

NOTES: The Lightning wore green warmup jerseys during the pregame skate in honor of St. Patrick's Day. ... Hurricanes D Joni Pitkanen returned after being sidelined by a lower body injury. ... Tampa Bay recalled C Dana Tyrell from Syracuse of the AHL. ... Lightning C Tom Pyatt played after missing one game due to an upper body injury.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
10:54TBL Tyler Johnson (1) ASST: Alex Killorn (7), Cory Conacher (14) 1 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
06:35TBL Ondrej Palat (1) ASST: Sami Salo (9), Tyler Johnson (1) 2 - 0 TBL
12:55TBL Nate Thompson (6) ASST: B.J. Crombeen (5), Matthew Carle (7) 3 - 0 TBL
3rd Period
03:54TBL Teddy Purcell (5) ASST: Martin St. Louis (30), Victor Hedman (9) 4 - 0 TBL
06:21CAR Eric Staal (13) ASST: Alexander Semin (21) 4 - 1 TBL
Three Stars of the Game
Victor Hedman
1st
Victor Hedman
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 25:04
Tyler Johnson
2nd
Tyler Johnson
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 8:56
Nate Thompson
3rd
Nate Thompson
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:05
Penalty Summary
1st Period
08:45CAR Joe Corvo  Tripping against  Tom Pyatt
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
11:25TBL Steven Stamkos  Roughing against  Joni Pitkanen
14:29TBL Ondrej Palat  Too many men/ice - bench
shots by period
PeriodCARTBL
1st810
2nd108
3rd48
Total2226
Team Stats
CategoryCARTBL
Power Plays0/20/1
Hits1920
Faceoff Wins2236
Giveaways57
Takeaways810
Blocked Shots1021
Penalty Minutes24
  • CAROLINA
  • TAMPA BAY
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4J. McBainD00-10022:07
6T. GleasonD00-21020:31
11J. StaalC0006019:33
12E. StaalC1001018:47
18A. HallR00-2009:38
19J. TlustyL0001015:14
20R. NashC00-10013:08
21D. BowmanL00-11013:08
25J. PitkanenD00-13020:06
27J. FaulkD00-12024:03
28A. SeminR0103019:05
29T. WallaceR00-11010:19
36J. JokinenL00-10014:12
37T. BrentC00-1009:36
39P. DwyerR0001017:57
44J. HarrisonD00-10022:06
53J. SkinnerL00-12018:49
77J. CorvoD00-1029:41
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
35J. Peters2226.84660:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2E. BrewerD0012017:39
3K. AulieD0000015:15
6S. SaloD0120020:47
11T. PyattC0004017:06
12R. MaloneL0010017:41
16T. PurcellR1003015:36
17A. KillornC0110016:33
19B. CrombeenR0113016:09
25M. CarleD0101019:32
26M. St. LouisR0101019:18
42D. TyrellC001009:37
44N. ThompsonC1011016:05
63T. JohnsonC112208:56
74O. PalatL101309:16
75R. GudasD0002020:03
77V. HedmanD0130025:04
89C. ConacherC0110012:30
91S. StamkosC0004218:53
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
32M. Garon2122.95560:00