Fort Myers, FL (September 17, 2000) - The Carolina Hurricanes concluded their second game of an eight-game pre-season schedule with a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Ice Palace on Sunday night. Carolina will resume practice on Monday, September 18 beginning with a 10:00-11:30 a.m. session at the TECO Arena in Fort Myers, Florida. The Hurricanes will host the Florida Panthers at TECO Arena on Tuesday night before travelling to National Car Rental Center in Sunrise, Florida to complete their two-game pre-season series against the Panthers on Wednesday.
After totaling five goals in a 5-4 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night, the Hurricanes registered one goal in a 2-1 defeat to Tampa on Sunday night. Hurricanes defenseman Niclas Wallin accounted for the team’s lone goal with a 55-foot slapshot that was redirected in the slot past Lightning netminder Dan Cloutier at 8:38 of the second period. Carolina’s defensemen have totaled five of the club’s six goals during the first two games of the pre-season. Wallin, 25, is striving to make the team after being drafted with the team’s third pick (90th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.
With a 1-0 lead in the third period, Carolina surrendered a power-play goal and an even strength goal in a 1:43 span that included a 5-on-3 penalty kill situation. During the game, the Hurricanes committed 11 penalties and were 9-for-10 while short-handed.
Trailing 2-1 in the waning seconds of the third period, the Hurricanes’ offense sprung to life with several scoring chances. Following defenseman Dave Karpa’s roughing penalty at 18:58 of the final period, Carolina pulled its goaltender, Tyler Moss, to elect to play with five skaters. The tactic proved successful as forwards Rod Brind’Amour and Martin Gelinas crashed the net in a mad scramble for the loose puck in front of the net during the game’s final action. The play resulted in a penalty shot awarded to Carolina after Tampa Bay intentionally dislodged their net from its moorings. With one second remaining in the period Lightning goaltender Cloutier denied Brind’Amour’s breakaway opportunity and sealed the win for Tampa Bay. Free agent signee Tyler Moss made his first appearance for the Hurricanes, collecting 21 saves on 23 shots faced.
FIRST PERIOD-Scoring: None. PENALTIES: MacDonald, CAR (tripping), 2:38; Alexeev, TB (high stick), 6:27; Kurka, CAR (slashing), 11:23; Cloutier, TB (slashing), 13:38; Cole, CAR (holding), 16:18; Svoboda, TB (holding), 16:50; Wallin, CAR (high stick), 17:32; Warriner, TB (tripping), 18:28.
SECOND PERIOD-Scoring: 1, CAR, Wallin 1 (unassisted), 8:38. PENALTIES: Astashenko, TB (cross-check); Lysak, CAR (interference on goaltender), 2:59; Svoboda, TB (high stick); Ritchie, CAR (holding), 16:13.
THIRD PERIOD-Scoring: 2, TB, Svoboda 1 (St. Louis, M. Johnson) (pp), 9:52; 3, TB, R. Johnson 1 (Warriner, M. Johnson). PENALTIES: Karpa, CAR (cross check), 3:56; Warriner, TB (hooking), 4:39; Malik, CAR (hooking), 4:54; Vasicek, CAR (holding stick), 7:13; MacDonald, CAR (tripping), 8:31; Astashenko, TB (elbowing), 14:22; Karpa, CAR (roughing), 18:58.
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POWER-PLAY CONVERSIONS: CAR- 0 of 7; TB- 1 of 10. GOALIES: CAR, Moss (23 shots, 21 saves); record 0-1-0. TB, Cloutier (30 shots, 29 saves); record 1-0-0. Attendance: 5,587. REFEREES: Angus, Faucette. LINESMEN: O’Rourke, Provost.
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS (+/-): CAROLINA: Malik (E); Wallin (+1); Daniels (+1); MacDonald (E); Ritchie (+1); Brind’Amour (E); Gelinas (E); Cole (+1); Karpa (-1); MacNeil (-1); Kurka (E); Tanabe (+1); Adams (E); Tselios (E); Kuznik (-1); Lysak (E); Svoboda (-1); Vasicek (-1). TB: Muir (+1); Warriner (+1); Holzinger (E); M. Johnson (+1); Kubina (E); R. Johnson (+1); Posmyk (E); Sarich (E); Primeau (-1); Svoboda (E); St. Louis (E); Eckman (E); Kharitonov (E); Afanasenkov (-1); Richards (-1); Hay (E); Alexeev (E); Astashenko (-1).