|TBL||2||0||2||(0 - 0)||4|
|CAR||0||1||0||(0 - 0)||1|
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Keith Aulie and Ryan Malone scored third-period goals to break open a 2-1 game, giving the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Tuesday night.
Holding onto a 2-1 lead early in the third period, Aulie sent a wrister past Cam Ward from the left face off dot, followed by Malone's power-play tally during a goal-mouth scramble.
Mathieu Garon, seeing his first action of the season in goal, stopped 35 shots for the win.
Tom Pyatt started the scoring for the Lightning (2-1-0) when he batted a pass out of mid air five minutes into the game. Matt Carle started the play with a long outlet pass to Vincent Lecavalier, who curled to the boards before sending a high pass across the slot to Pyatt.
Later in the first, the Lightning forecheck accounted for the second goal. Lecavalier came from behind the net to squeeze off a shot against Ward in close quarters, and Cory Conacher pounced on the rebound for his second goal in just his third NHL game. Conacher also scored in his NHL debut against Washington Jan. 19. Teddy Purcell set up the play from behind the net, earning his fourth assist of the season.
Carolina's lackluster first period marked the second straight game where the Hurricanes were slow out of the gate. They spotted Florida a 4-0 first-period lead in the season opener on Saturday.
In the second period, the Hurricanes finally shook off some rust in the waning seconds of a brief 5-on-3 advantage. With Conacher and Malone in the box, Jeff Skinner sent an off-balance backhander past a diving Garon. Jordan Staal and Alex Semin each earned the first assists of their Carolina careers.
|Tom Pyatt (1) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (2), Matt Carle (2)|
1 - 0 TBL
|Cory Conacher (2) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (3), Teddy Purcell (4)|
2 - 0 TBL
|PPG - Jeff Skinner (1) ASST: Jordan Staal (1), Alexander Semin (1)|
2 - 1 TBL
|Keith Aulie (1) ASST: Brendan Mikkelson (1)|
3 - 1 TBL
|PPG - Ryan Malone (1) ASST: Steven Stamkos (4), Sami Salo (1)|
4 - 1 TBL
|B.J. Crombeen Boarding against Jay Harrison|
|Jordan Staal Tripping against Martin St. Louis|
|Cory Conacher Boarding against Jeff Skinner|
|Ryan Malone Boarding against Eric Staal|
|Drayson Bowman Hooking against Benoit Pouliot|
|Matt Carle Tripping against Eric Staal|
|Jussi Jokinen Interference against Tom Pyatt|
|Tim Brent Tripping against Dana Tyrell|
|Dana Tyrell Holding the stick against Tim Brent|
|Chad LaRose Interference against Cory Conacher|
|Jussi Jokinen Hooking against Brendan Mikkelson|
|Vincent Lecavalier Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Adam Hall Elbowing against Eric Staal|
|Eric Staal Roughing against Adam Hall|
|Eric Staal Slashing against Tom Pyatt|
|SA: 36||TOI: 59:50|
|Saves: 35||EV: 28 - 28|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 6|
|SV%: .972||SH: 2 - 2|
|SA: 26||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 22||EV: 15 - 18|
|PIM: 0||PP: 7 - 8|
|SV%: .846||SH: 0 - 0|