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game recap

Lightning 5, Hurricanes 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Lightning 5, Hurricanes 2
Carolina Hurricanes 2, Tampa Bay Lightning 5
Three Stars of the Game
Steven Stamkos
1st
Steven Stamkos
G: 3Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 21:13
Martin St. Louis
2nd
Martin St. Louis
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 19:55
Steve Downie
3rd
Steve Downie
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 17:32

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Guy Boucher obviously enjoys Steven Stamkos' offensive skills. The Tampa Bay coach is also impressed with the high-scoring center's improving defensive play.

Stamkos had his second hat trick this season and fifth overall to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

"His back-checking ... four or five times he was just a jet out there," Boucher said. "You know what? He's part of the team."

Stamkos scored his third goal of the game and 26th of the season from the left circle on a power-play 43 seconds into the third. Just 22 seconds later Tampa Bay went up 4-2 on a goal by Teddy Purcell.

"He's pretty hot," Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis said of Stamkos. "He's flying."

The Lightning have won three in a row and five of seven.

"That was icing on the cake," Stamkos said of his hat trick.

Carolina, 1-7-2 in Southeast Division games this season, got goals from Justin Faulk and Jay Harrison.

"Tampa was ready in the third and we weren't, and they outplayed us," Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said.

Hurricanes captain Eric Staal had two assists, giving him three assists and five points in his last two games.

St. Louis, who finished with three assists, recorded his 500th career assist on Stamkos' third goal.

"I'm proud of that," St. Louis said. "It's an honor to play this game."

The Lightning record for goals in a game is four, set by Chris Kontos in the team's first game on Oct. 7, 1992 against Chicago.

Steve Downie scored a third-period goal at 6:51 and also had two assists for the Lightning. Mathieu Garon made 24 saves.

Carolina's Cam Ward stopped 27 shots.

After Harrison scored a power-play goal 4:29 into the second, Stamkos got Tampa Bay even at 2 from the slot at 8:17.

Stamkos put the Lightning up 1-0 off a pass through the crease by St. Louis during a 2-on-1 at 3:22 of the first. Stamkos has 10 goals and three assists over his last eight games.

"He's a world-class player," Muller said. "When you give him opportunities like that, he's going to capitalize. He plays at a high tempo. He's a natural goal scorer, and he makes players better around him."

St. Louis has seven assists and one goal during a five-game point streak

Faulk tied it at 1 on a rebound power-play goal from the low left circle with 3:48 remaining in the first. The Hurricanes entered play with the NHL's third-worst power play.

"I think once they got that third goal, our play broke down there," Faulk said. "We've got to learn to play 60-minute games."

NOTES: Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman said D Victor Hedman, hurt in Tuesday night's game against Philadelphia, has a concussion and will be sidelined indefinitely. ... Staal played in his 600th NHL game. Teammate, C Tuomo Ruutu, appeared in his 500th NHL game. ... Tampa Bay C Nate Thompson (lower body) will be re-evaluated Monday, while Lightning RW Ryan Shannon (knee) is two to three weeks from returning. ... Faulk and Harrison both stopped personal eight-game goal droughts. ... Harrison was minus-4 for the game.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:22
TBL
Steven Stamkos (24) ASST: Martin St. Louis (18), Steve Downie (9)
1 - 0 TBL
16:12
CAR
PPG - Justin Faulk (2) ASST: Drayson Bowman (2), Eric Staal (15)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
04:29
CAR
PPG - Jay Harrison (3) ASST: Eric Staal (16), Jamie McBain (13)
2 - 1 CAR
08:17
TBL
Steven Stamkos (25) ASST: Martin St. Louis (19), Steve Downie (10)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
00:43
TBL
PPG - Steven Stamkos (26) ASST: Martin St. Louis (20), Ryan Malone (11)
3 - 2 TBL
01:05
TBL
Teddy Purcell (7) ASST: Ryan Malone (12), Brett Clark (6)
4 - 2 TBL
06:51
TBL
Steve Downie (6) ASST: Ryan Malone (13), Tom Pyatt (2)
5 - 2 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
16:00
TBL
Teddy Purcell  Hooking against  Jamie McBain
2nd Period
01:09
TBL
Brett Clark  Tripping against  Brandon Sutter
03:08
TBL
Martin St. Louis  Holding against  Justin Faulk
09:04
CAR
Jussi Jokinen  Slashing against  Dana Tyrell
19:57
CAR
Chad LaRose  Hooking against  Steven Stamkos
3rd Period
07:52
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Roughing against  Tim Brent
07:52
CAR
Cam Ward  Roughing against  Dominic Moore
07:52
TBL
Dominic Moore  Interference on goalkeeper against  Cam Ward
07:52
CAR
Tim Brent  Roughing against  Dominic Moore
08:31
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Hooking against  Drayson Bowman
14:18
CAR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Boarding against  Bruno Gervais
goalie stats
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
13-15-5
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 22 - 26
PIM: 2PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .844SH: 2 - 2
Mathieu Garon
Mathieu Garon
11-9-2
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 23 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .923SH: 0 - 0