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REVIEW: HURRICANES 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 2

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Rod Brind'Amour, Sean Hill and Martin Gelinas scored second-period goals as the Carolina Hurricanes beat Tampa Bay 4-2 Saturday night, handing the Lightning its eighth straight road loss.

Carolina moved within two points of the New York Rangers in the crowded race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Brind'Amour also assisted on Hill's goal for his first multi-point game since being traded for Keith Primeau on Jan. 23. Meanwhile, Hill, a defenseman, scored his fifth goal in as many games this season against Tampa Bay.

Carolina led 1-0 after one period, but jumped on the Lightning early in the second as Brind'Amour scored 16 seconds into the period.

Hill's power-play goal 7 1/2 minutes later made it 3-0 and Tampa Bay was well on its way to its 14th loss in its last 16 games.

Vincent Lecavalier did score his team-leading 18th goal with 7:15 left in the second to close the gap to 3-1, but Gelinas scored his 11th from a sharp angle 1:25 later and the rout was on in a penalty-filled game.

Tampa Bay is 0-7-1 in February and has a dismal 3-22-3 road record. Fredrik Modin scored his 17th with 3:44 left to close out the scoring for the Lightning.

Lightning goaltender Rich Parent was caught out of position behind the net on Carolina's first goal as Jeff O'Neill centered a pass from the corner to Bates Battaglia, who put it into an open net 7:18 into the game. The goal was Battaglia's 11th of the season but only the second in his last 31 games.

Tampa Bay's Mike Johnson appeared to have stuffed one by Arturs Irbe during a power play later in the period, but after reviewing the play referee Paul Devorski said the entire puck had not crossed the goal line.

Both teams went without a top player Saturday night. Carolina goal leader Sami Kapanen missed all but three shifts with a bruised shoulder, while Chris Gratton, Tampa Bay's No. 2 scorer, missed the game with a bruised right foot.

                       1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
Tampa Bay    0      1     1      2
Carolina         1      3     0      4

First Period: Scoring: 1, Carolina, Battaglia 11 (Oneill), 7:16. Penalties: Herbers, T.B. (Hooking), 1:39; Manderville, Car (interference), 4:31; Battaglia, Car (tripping), 12:59; Coffey, Car (tripping), 15:33.

Second Period: Scoring: 2, Carolina, Brind'amour 7 (Kron, Karpa), 0:16. 3, Carolina, Hill 8 (power play) (Coffey, Brind'amour), 7:46. 4, Tampa Bay, Lecavalier 18 (Elich, P Mara), 12:45. 5, Carolina, Gelinas 11 (Kron, Halko), 14:10. Penalties: Dwyer, T.B. (Fighting major), 3:04; Pratt, Car (fighting major), 3:04; Lecavalier, T.B. (Holding), 4:40; Oneill, Car (holding stick), 4:40; Ja Cullimore, T.B. (Cross checking), 6:49; S Martins, T.B. (Roughing), 12:04; T Westlund, Car (Ob holding the stick), 12:04; Tampa Bay bench, served by Guolla (too many men on the ice), 14:10; Gelinas, Car (tripping), 15:50; Malik, Car (roughing), 18:42; Sillinger, T.B. (Roughing, misconduct), 19:10; Hill, Car (roughing), 19:10.

Third Period: Scoring: 6, Tampa Bay, Modin 17 (power play) (Lecavalier), 16:16. Penalties: Warriner, T.B. (Tripping), 1:08; Ja Cullimore, T.B. (Obstr tripping), 10:22; P Mara, T.B. (Slashing), 13:49; Malik, Car (interference), 16:04.

SHOTS ON GOAL
Tampa Bay 9 12 9 --30
Carolina 5 11 9 --25

Power-play Conversions: Tam - 1 of 6, Car - 1 of 7. Goalies: Tampa Bay, Parent (24 shots, 20 saves; record: 0-4-0), D Cloutier (7:46 of 2nd period, 1, 1), Parent (10:19 of 2nd period). Carolina, Irbe (30, 28; record: 22-21-7). A:14,896. Referees: P Devorski, Heyer. Linesmen: Broseker, Sericolo.

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