NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Carolina
(Tuesday, October 6th)
Final Score: Carolina 2, Tampa Bay 1 (SO)
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Sergei Samsonov was credited with the game- winner in the shootout to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at RBC Center.
Jussi Jokinen scored in regulation for Carolina, which captured its first victory of 2009-10 after it lost the first two games of the season. Cam Ward made 29 saves in the win.
"Most importantly, we rebounded (from the first two losses) and had some good goaltending and good penalty killing, and we should be happy with that," said Carolina head coach Paul Maurice.
Ryan Malone tallied for the Lightning, who lost their season opener on Saturday at Atlanta. Tampa Bay will open its home slate on Thursday against New Jersey.
"It is a little mental right now -- we lost a lot last year," said Tampa Bay head coach Rich Tocchet. "This was the second game of the year and now we are back at it and we have to stick with it."
Mike Smith finished with 27 saves in the losing effort.
The contest went into overtime, but despite a power play for Carolina, neither team found the back of the net.
In the shootout, Samsonov was the first skater and his wrister beat Smith. The next two Tampa Bay shooters -- Marty St. Louis and Vinny Lecavalier -- both failed to score before Tuomo Ruutu's deke move tricked Smith and the hosts skated off with the win.
Jokinen's first goal of the season opened the scoring at the 13:12 mark of the first period. While on the power play, Canes blueliner Joni Pitkanen sent a perfect lead pass through the neutral zone for Jokinen, who went in alone on a clear breakaway and used a weak backhander to barely beat Smith, who got a piece of the shot before the puck trickled in. The play was reviewed to determine if the puck actually crossed the line, but the goal was upheld.
Tampa Bay knotted the contest during a two-man advantage in the second period due to penalties called on Samsonov and Matt Cullen. With time winding down on the initial minor penalty, a shot by Steve Stamkos was stopped by Ward, but Malone was in front and he batted the puck from midair into the back of the cage at the six-minute mark.
Carolina will be without veteran forward Erik Cole for the next 4-to-6 weeks after he suffered a left leg fracture during the third period of Saturday's game...Carolina, which swept the season series last year, has now won eight straight over the Lightning...Pitkanen left the game after the second period with a lower body injury and did not return...Tampa defenseman Andrej Meszaros played in his 300th NHL game.
10/06 23:10:38 ET