Lightning 5, Hurricanes 2
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Tampa Bay Lightning's high-powered offense kicked into gear with three goals in the first eight minutes of the third period on the way to a 5-2 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night at PNC Arena.
Marc-Andre Bergeron, Benoit Pouliot, Richard Panik, Tom Pyatt and Steven Stamkos scored for the Lightning. Panik's first career goal came in his fifth game.
Tampa Bay's Mathieu Garon stopped 32 shots to shine in a matchup of No. 2 goalies. Dan Ellis stopped 34 shots for Carolina.
Drayson Bowman and Chad LaRose scored for the Hurricanes, who have their first three-game losing streak of the season.
Bergeron's wrister produced the opening goal midway through the first period. His first goal of the season ended a personal scoring drought that extended to Dec. 29, 2011, when he scored against Montreal.
Pouliot benefited from Vincent Lecavalier's work from behind the net. When Lecavalier worked the puck in front of Ellis, Pouliot was there for the easy conversion to start the third-period scoring.
The Hurricanes struck back 53 seconds later on Drayson Bowman's goal with slightly less than 17 minutes to play. He scored on a slapshot off Riley Nash's pass.
Panik got that one back for the Lightning when he converted amid congestion in front of the net. He made his NHL debut less than two weeks ago.
Pyatt was next, scoring 18 seconds later.
LaRose countered for Carolina with 3:49 to play. Defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti assisted for his first NHL point.
Then Stamkos' power-play goal clinched it as he scored for the team-leading 12th time this season.
The Hurricanes, who tried various line combinations to perk up the offense, posted 23 shots on goal through two periods. Late in the period, the Lightning applied heavy pressure, but Ellis was up to the task to keep it a one-goal game.
The Hurricanes also lost to Tampa Bay in last month's home opener. That accounted for Garon's only previous victory this season.
NOTES: The Lightning entered the game with an NHL-leading 61 goals scored this season. … Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner, who missed his third consecutive game because of a concussion, was on the ice with the team for the morning skate. … Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward wasn't in the net after giving up four goals on 23 shots in Thursday night's 4-3 home loss to the Winnipeg Jets. … Carolina's defense remains wounded with the absence of injured Tim Gleason (lower body), Joni Pitkanen (lower body) and Jamie McBain (upper body). … Tampa Bay winger Ryan Malone, who scored a goal in the first meeting with Carolina, sat out his seventh game with a lower-body injury. … Hurricanes center Jeremy Welsh was in the lineup for the third time this season, replacing right wing Andreas Nodl. … It was the start of a six-game stretch in a nine-day span for the Hurricanes, who play Sunday at the New York Islanders. … Saturday night's game was the first in a stretch of six road assignments in a seven-game period for Tampa Bay.
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