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game recap

Lightning Top Canes 5-2

Saturday, 02.23.2013 / 10:34 PM

Michael Smith

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Lightning Top Canes 5-2
Tampa Bay Lightning 5, Carolina Hurricanes 2
Three Stars of the Game
Mathieu Garon
1st
SA: 34TOI: 59:51
GA: 2EV: 29-31
PIM: 0PP: 3-3
SV%: .941SH: 0-0
Steven Stamkos
2nd
Steven Stamkos
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:44
Chad LaRose
3rd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 12:09

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Steven Stamkos scored and had an assist in a four-goal third period that sent the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Benoit Pouliot, Tom Pyatt and Richard Panik had the other third-period goals for the Lightning, who snapped a first-place tie with the Hurricanes atop the Southeast Division. Marc-Andre Bergeron scored in the first to help Tampa Bay win for the third time in four games following a six-game winless streak.

Mathieu Garon made 32 saves for his second victory of the season. The first came on Jan. 22 against Carolina. Garon has allowed three goals in two games against the Hurricanes and 12 in his other three starts.

Chad LaRose and Drayson Bowman scored for the Hurricanes, who have lost three consecutive games after a 5-0-1 stretch this month. Dan Ellis made 34 saves.

Carolina was without injured regulars Tim Gleason (lower body), Joni Pitkanen (lower body), Jeff Skinner (concussion) and Jamie McBain (upper body).

Tampa Bay opened the scoring midway through the first period when Bergeron surprised Ellis with a wrist shot from long distance. Bergeron has a point in three of his last four games.

Vincent Lecavalier set up Pouliot early in the third period, holding off Carolina rookie defenseman Ryan Murphy and centering the puck through the crease to Pouliot, who converted into the open net.

After Bowman brought Carolina within one by one-timing Riley Nash's pass past Garon, Panik gave Tampa Bay a 3-1 lead with his first career goal. The rookie made his NHL debut on Feb. 12 against Montreal.

Pyatt then gave Tampa Bay a three-goal edge 7:55 into the third period, 18 seconds after Panik's tally.

LaRose and Stamkos traded goals in the game's final 4 minutes.

The Lightning improved to 6-1-0 this season against teams in the Southeast Division. Tampa Bay is also 5-1-1 in its last seven at Carolina, including two wins this season.

The Hurricanes are 0-4-0 against the Southeast Division.

NOTES: Carolina's Kevin Westgarth played in his 100th game. ... Tampa Bay couldn't score on its three power-play chances and has converted only three of its last 32 opportunities despite ranking fifth in the NHL on the power play. ... The Lightning are 8-0-0 when leading after the first period. ... Carolina's Alexander Semin left in the second period after a puck hit him in the side of the face, but he returned soon after.

scoring summary
1st Period
10:54
TBL
Marc-Andre Bergeron (1) Snap shot - ASST: NONE
1 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
02:11
TBL
Benoit Pouliot (6) Snap shot - ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (11), Martin St. Louis (19)
2 - 0 TBL
03:04
CAR
Drayson Bowman (1) Slapshot - ASST: Riley Nash (1), Chad LaRose (1)
2 - 1 TBL
07:37
TBL
Richard Panik (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Adam Hall (3), Steven Stamkos (14)
3 - 1 TBL
07:55
TBL
Tom Pyatt (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Killorn (2), Eric Brewer (3)
4 - 1 TBL
16:11
CAR
Chad LaRose (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Bobby Sanguinetti (1), Jussi Jokinen (2)
4 - 2 TBL
17:38
TBL
Steven Stamkos (12) Deflected shot - ASST: Cory Conacher (10), Sami Salo (7)
5 - 2 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
11:42
CAR
Alexander Semin  Hi-sticking against  Matthew Carle
2nd Period
05:43
TBL
Eric Brewer  Hooking against  Riley Nash
17:27
CAR
Joe Corvo  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
3rd Period
12:35
TBL
Cory Conacher  Tripping against  Drayson Bowman
14:41
TBL
Victor Hedman  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
15:38
CAR
Alexander Semin  Tripping against  Eric Brewer
goalie stats
Mathieu Garon
Mathieu Garon
2-3-0
SA: 34TOI: 59:51
Saves: 32EV: 29 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .941SH: 0 - 0
Dan Ellis
SA: 39TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 29 - 34
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .872SH: 0 - 0