TAMPA, Fla. - Jiri Tlusty scored two first-period goals and Dan Ellis stopped 34 shots to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night.
Alexander Semin scored 16 seconds into the game for the Hurricanes, who jumped ahead 3-0 and held on for their first victory against the Lightning this season. Semin took a feed in the slot from Eric Staal and whipped it over the shoulder of Lightning goalie Andres Lindback. Semin also had assists on both of Tlusty's goals.
Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis scored for the Lightning, who lost their sixth straight game.
Ellis turned away 15 of 16 shots in the third period, including point-blank opportunities by Eric Brewer, Ryan Malone and B.J. Crombeen.