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Tracking the Storm: Analysis We billed this game as picking up where 2010-11 left off. Unfortunately for the Canes, it was more of the same tonight. It also seemed to be more of the same from preseason in that the Canes are still searching for a way to stitch together a full 60 minutes. Jeff Skinner said as much in the postgame, but is optimistic about the season ahead. “We’ve got 81 more games. That’s the good thing about this sport – tomorrow we got another game to worry about," he said. Shades of last season were apparent, as the Canes seemed to just come unraveled after getting scored on in a crucial situation. Steve Downie’s goal sure put them in a hole, but Adam Hall and Ryan Malone buried it, taking advantage of the loose play that followed. The Canes’ first period should be commended, especially after Jeff Skinner gave them the 1-0 lead. The team was quick on the puck, they were forechecking aggressively and getting a lot of good chances because of it. That play seemed to disappear in the latter two periods, especially in the third. The second period was more evenly matched. Head coach Paul Maurice said he liked the team’s overall 5-on-5 effort, but the parade to the box is what killed them. In his first NHL regular season game, Justin Faulk looked strong, especially in the corners and in his own zone in general. “Taking a hit or giving a hit definitely calmed some nerves out there,” he said. He did a lot of things well defensively tonight. I don’t see him coming out of the lineup any time soon. “For a first game, [he] played pretty darn well,” Maurice said. Jussi Jokinen’s penalty was very uncharacteristic. When asked about it, Maurice responded, “Yeah, I don’t know how you slice that one.”
Lines stayed in tact for a majority of the game. They seemed to be juggled around late, but I wouldn’t look much into that. Maurice wouldn't say who would play in goal tomorrow night in Washington. He also didn't comment on any possible lineup changes. Postgame Links Photo Gallery Postgame Notes Game Summary Recap (Associated Press)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Lightning opened the regular season the same way they ended the last one - by routing the Carolina Hurricanes on their home ice.
Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist to lead the Lightning past Carolina, 5-1 on Friday night.
Vincent Lecavalier scored the go-ahead goal on a power play late in the second period, before Steve Downie, Adam Hall and Ryan Malone scored during a 4:36 span in the third.
"They came out and said they wanted some revenge," said Steven Stamkos, who had two assists. "Maybe a little extra motivation for us. But at the end of the day, it's a brand new season."
Dwayne Roloson stopped 32 shots for Tampa Bay, which took the lead during a 5-on-3 situation in the final minutes of the second.
The game turned on simultaneous penalties against Carolina. Justin Faulk, a 19-year-old defenseman making his NHL debut, was whistled for interference with 2:29 left when Jussi Jokinen backhanded the puck in apparent frustration toward an official - earning him an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
"I said something to the referee," Jokinen said. "It's my fault. I have to keep my mouth shut. ... The referees do their job, and I need to do my job."
That gave the Lightning a full 2 minutes with the two-man advantage. They only needed 19 seconds to take the lead, with Lecavalier batting an airborne puck past Ward.
"Honestly, we got some fortunate bounces with the 5-on-3, and we took care of it," St. Louis said.
That goal came roughly 12 minutes after St. Louis tied it. After he took the puck from Skinner near center ice, he made his way near the right post, took a pretty feed from Stamkos and stuffed the puck past Ward.
Downie stretched the lead to 3-1 with a power-play goal with 7:38 left, Hall made it a three-goal game 10 seconds later and Malone polished off the rout with a goal with 3:02 remaining.
This certainly wasn't how the Hurricanes wanted to start the season. They were looking forward to this one for several reasons - not only to get a new season started, but to try to exact some revenge for the way the last one ended.
Carolina entered the finale last April needing only to beat the Lightning on home ice to clinch just their second playoff spot since they won the Stanley Cup in 2006. Instead, Tampa Bay routed the Hurricanes 6-2 to start a postseason roll that carried the Lightning to the Eastern Conference final.
"No sense of satisfaction there whatsoever," Roloson said. "It's all about focusing on what we've got to do to win hockey games. Last year's last year, and this year's this year. We focus on the now."
They kept the nucleus of that team intact, a big reason why they enter this season as a top contender in the Southeast Division.
And Skinner, who won the Calder Trophy last season as the rookie of the year, also picked up where he left off, starting and finishing the sequence that put Carolina up 1-0. His takeaway near center ice led to a series of attempts against Roloson, with Skinner scooping up the rebound of Tim Gleason's blast and flinging it high over the Lightning goalie's stick at 11:53.
"I liked our first period. We played pretty good then, but then one mistake there, a couple of penalties and they got the lead," Jokinen said. "Lots of things we need to do better."
NOTES: The Hurricanes have lost five of six conventional home openers, with the only win coming in 2008. They beat Minnesota in their first game as a home team last year, but that was played in Finland. ... Carolina D Ryan Murphy, an 18-year-old who was their first-round draft pick in June, was a healthy scratch. ... Tampa Bay went 4-2 against Carolina last year and has won consecutive openers. ... Lightning D Brett Clark skated in his 600th career game. ... Before the game, the Hurricanes held a moment of silence to honor popular former player Josef Vasicek, a member of the `06 Stanley Cup team who was among the 44 killed in the plane crash last month that decimated Russian club Lokomotiv.
|Jeff Skinner (1) ASST: Tim Gleason (1), Tuomo Ruutu (1)|
1 - 0 CAR
|Martin St. Louis (1) ASST: Steven Stamkos (1)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Vincent Lecavalier (1) ASST: Steven Stamkos (2), Martin St. Louis (1)|
2 - 1 TBL
|PPG - Steve Downie (1) ASST: Marc-Andre Bergeron (1), Ryan Shannon (1)|
3 - 1 TBL
|Adam Hall (1) ASST: Nate Thompson (1), Blair Jones (1)|
4 - 1 TBL
|Ryan Malone (1) ASST: Teddy Purcell (1), Eric Brewer (1)|
5 - 1 TBL
|Bryan Allen Interference against Steve Downie|
|Martin St. Louis Interference on goalkeeper against Cam Ward|
|Steven Stamkos Boarding against Patrick Dwyer|
|Bryan Allen Roughing against Nate Thompson|
|Vincent Lecavalier Hooking against Joni Pitkanen|
|Brett Connolly Hooking against Jeff Skinner|
|Justin Faulk Holding against Nate Thompson|
|Justin Faulk Interference against Ryan Shannon|
|Jussi Jokinen Unsportsmanlike conduct|
|Ryan Malone Interference against Eric Staal|
|Eric Staal Interference against Dwayne Roloson|
|SA: 33||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 32||EV: 28 - 29|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 3|
|SV%: .970||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 34||TOI: 59:56|
|Saves: 29||EV: 23 - 26|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 7|
|SV%: .853||SH: 1 - 1|