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31-42-9

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game recap

Lightning 6, Hurricanes 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Lightning 6, Hurricanes 1
Carolina Hurricanes 1, Tampa Bay Lightning 6

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Vincent Lecavalier turned a slow start into a dominating performance.

Lecavalier had three goals and two assists to set a team record with his sixth consecutive multipoint game, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning past the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1 on Wednesday night.

Lecavalier scored twice and also assisted on goals by Paul Ranger and Martin St. Louis during a five-goal second period that put the Lightning ahead 5-0. The center, who has five goals and 11 points over his past six games, completed the hat trick with a short-handed breakaway goal with 5:09 remaining in the third.

"I couldn't find him in the first period," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "It's unbelievable how he played in the second period."

Johan Holmqvist made 28 saves for the Lightning, who have won four in a row after a six-game skid. Tampa Bay also got a goal from Vinny Prospal.

Jeff Hamilton scored for Carolina, which has lost just twice - both to Tampa Bay - in its last six games. Hurricanes goalie John Grahame, a former Tampa Bay starter, allowed the five second-period goals on 13 shots.

"Just kind of bad luck for Johnny," Lecavalier said. "It's one of those games where you can play great and not produce at all, or you can play mediocre in the first, then score the first goal and it starts rolling. Tonight was that."

Carolina left wing Erik Cole missed the game with a neck injury and is listed as day to day. Cole, taken off the ice on a stretcher after crashing headfirst into Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun during Monday's game at Florida, will be re-evaluated when the team returns home Thursday.

Ranger opened the scoring at 1:27 of the second off a pass from Lecavalier. After Lecavalier made it 2-0 at 4:12, he set up St. Louis' goal at 12:32.

Lecavalier made it 4-0 when scored on a backhander at 14:24. Prospal closed out Tampa Bay's five-goal second with 1:42 left in the period.

"You can't give a guy like that opportunities like that all night," Carolina defenseman Mike Commodore said. "He's going to score. We can't let Lecavalier have a hat trick."

Holmqvist made in-close saves on Rod Brind'Amour and Corey Stillman during a power play late in the second. He lost his shutout bid when Hamilton scored a power-play goal with 12:38 left to play.

"Their best players were their best players again tonight, and our best players have got to be better," Hurricanes center Eric Staal said. "That's kind of what it boils down to."

Notes: Lecavalier has five career three-goal games. He was plus-5 for the game ... Holmqvist has gone 36 games since his only career shutout, coming last Feb. 1 against the Hurricanes. ... Carolina LW Ryan Whitney had his 10-game point streak end. He had seven goals and 17 points over the stretch. ... St. Louis has a six-game point streak. ... Brad Richards (March 2006) and St. Louis (November 2006) had shared the Lightning consecutive multipoint games record with five.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
01:27
TBL
Paul Ranger (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (16), Martin St. Louis (16)
1 - 0 TBL
04:12
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier (10) Tip-in - ASST: NONE
2 - 0 TBL
12:32
TBL
Martin St. Louis (6) Backhand shot - ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (17), Michel Ouellet (7)
3 - 0 TBL
14:24
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier (11) Backhand shot - ASST: Mike Lundin (3)
4 - 0 TBL
19:18
TBL
Vinny Prospal (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Ranger (10)
5 - 0 TBL
3rd Period
07:22
CAR
PPG - Jeff Hamilton (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Chad LaRose (4), John Grahame (1)
5 - 1 TBL
14:51
TBL
SHG - Vincent Lecavalier (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Martin St. Louis (17), Mike Lundin (4)
6 - 1 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
11:44
CAR
Chad LaRose  Holding against  Jan Hlavac
2nd Period
06:45
TBL
Andreas Karlsson  Slashing against  Cory Stillman
08:31
CAR
Jeff Hamilton  Hooking against  Ryan Craig
09:33
TBL
Filip Kuba  Tripping against  Justin Williams
10:31
CAR
Eric Staal  Interference on goalkeeper against  Johan Holmqvist
12:57
TBL
Chris Gratton  Slashing against  Eric Staal
13:15
TBL
Brad Richards  Fighting (maj) against  Justin Williams
13:15
CAR
Justin Williams  Fighting (maj) against  Brad Richards
13:15
CAR
Justin Williams  Roughing against  Brad Richards
15:27
TBL
Shane O'Brien  Tripping against  Matt Cullen
16:59
TBL
Mike Lundin  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
3rd Period
05:23
TBL
Shane O'Brien  Interference against  Jeff Hamilton
13:28
TBL
Paul Ranger  Interference against  Eric Staal
17:22
CAR
Craig Adams  Fighting (maj) against  Doug Janik
17:22
TBL
Doug Janik  Fighting (maj) against  Craig Adams
goalie stats
John Grahame
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 18 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .786SH: 2 - 3
Johan Holmqvist
Johan Holmqvist
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .966SH: 2 - 2