NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Carolina
(Saturday, November 21st)
Final Score: Carolina 3, Tampa Bay 1
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Chad LaRose had a goal and an assist, and the Carolina Hurricanes recorded back-to-back wins for the first time in over a month with a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Tuomo Ruutu and Jussi Jokinen also scored for the Hurricanes, who had not won two in a row since October 6-9. Carolina has also won three of four overall since ending a franchise-record 14-game losing streak.
Manny Legace needed to make just 20 saves to earn the victory.
Martin St. Louis netted the only goal for the Lightning, who had a seven-game point streak snapped. The team had been 4-0-3 in its last seven games and had points in 11-of-12 contests entering Saturday's action.
Mike Smith allowed all three goals on 27 shots to receive the loss.
The Lightning got on the board with 4:42 left in the first period. On the power play, Kurtis Foster fired a shot from the top of the slot that was stopped by Legace. The puck bounced out wide to about even with the red line, and St. Louis fired it into the top of the net from the sharp angle for the goal.
Carolina answered on Ruutu's power play goal 2:35 into the second frame. Ray Whitney sent a pass across ice to the middle of the slot, where Ruutu one- timed it into the right side of the net to tie the game.
The Hurricanes moved in front with 6:14 left in the period on Jokinen's tally that barely snuck through Smith's legs for a 2-1 lead heading to the third.
Tampa Bay struggled to net the equalizer in the third, and Carolina essentially put the game away with 4:23 to play. On an odd-man rush, LaRose skated into the right circle and fired a quick wrist shot that beat Smith stick-side for a 3-1 advantage.
The Hurricanes held the Lightning off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game to seal the win.
Game Notes Sergei Samsonov earned his 300th assist in the game for Carolina...The Hurricanes have won two of three against Tampa Bay this season and have taken eight straight at home in the series...The Lightning are 1-1-1 on a four-game road trip which ends Sunday in Atlanta.
11/21 21:42:42 ET