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REVIEW: HURRICANES 6, TAMPA BAY 5 IN OVERTIME

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Sandis Ozolinsh scored with 2:25 left in overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-5 Tuesday night.

The win extended Carolina's NHL-best overtime unbeaten streak to 22 straight (5-0-17).

A late goal-scoring barrage came after Ron Francis and Bates Battaglia scored 24 seconds apart early in the third period and Glen Wesley added another goal for a 5-2 Hurricanes lead with 9:13 left.

Francis' goal, on a power play, was his second of the game and the 476th of his career, breaking a 2-2 tie.

Battaglia scored on a wraparound shot to give Carolina a third-period cushion.

Martin Gelinas' 200th career goal was a shorthanded one that gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead 1:37 into the second period.

Notes: The second goal by Francis moved him past Bernie Nichols and into 34th on the all-time list. ... Carolina goalie Arturs Irbe missed the game to attend his grandmother's funeral in Latvia. ... Carolina defenseman David Tanabe returned after missing the last five games with a concussion. ...

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
11305
Carolina11316

First Period: Scoring: 1, Tampa Bay, Lecavalier 4 (Kubina, Svoboda),2:16. 2, Carolina, Francis 3 (power play) (Kapanen, Tanabe), 4:47.Penalties: Warriner, T.B. (Hooking), 4:24; B Richards, T.B. (Highsticking), 18:55.
Second Period: Scoring: 3, Carolina, Gelinas 5 (shorthanded)(Ozolinsh), 1:47. 4, Tampa Bay, Lecavalier 5 (Holzinger, Svoboda), 4:46.Penalties: Oneill, Car (high sticking), 0:20; P Mara, T.B. (Interference),6:02; Svoboda, T.B. (Cross checking), 7:51; Willis, Car (holding), 10:06;Brindamour, Car (tripping), 14:19; Modin, T.B. (Obstr hooking), 14:19;Ozolinsh, Car (boarding), 17:16.
Third Period: Scoring: 5, Carolina, Francis 4 (power play) (Ozolinsh,Kapanen), 3:21. 6, Carolina, Battaglia 3 (Willis, Brindamour), 3:45. 7,Carolina, G Wesley 1 (Dimaio, Vasicek), 10:47. 8, Tampa Bay, Modin 8(power play) (Ekman, Zyuzin), 16:12. 9, Tampa Bay, B Richards 3 (MJohnson, Zyuzin), 18:27. 10, Tampa Bay, Holzinger 3 (Modin, Lecavalier),19:15. Penalties: Primeau, T.B. (Holding), 1:10; Svoboda, T.B. (Crosschecking), 2:41; Vasicek, Car (high sticking), 4:08; Ozolinsh, Car(slashing), 15:10.
Overtime: Scoring: 11, Carolina, Ozolinsh 2 (Oneill, Francis), 2:35.

SHOTS ON GOAL

Tampa Bay9790--25
Carolina

9
9
12
2
--32

Power-play Conversions: Tam - 1 of 5, Car - 2 of 6. Goalies: Tampa Bay,Weekes (32 shots, 26 saves; record: 2-4-0), Kochan (18:27 of 3rd period,0, 0), Weekes (19:15 of 3rd period). Carolina, Moss (25, 20; record:1-2-0). A: 7,016. Referees: Jackson, Murphy. Linesmen: Racicot, Miller.

Tampa BayCarolina
GA+/-ShotsGA+/-Shots
B Richards
Clymer
Ekman
Holzinger
Ja Cullimore
Keefe
Kharitonov
Kubina
Lecavalier
M Johnson
Modin
P Mara
Primeau
R Johnson
S Martins
Svoboda
Warriner
Zyuzin
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
2
0
2
-1
-2
-1
+1
-1
even
even
-1
even
+1
+1
-2
even
even
+1
+4
+1
+2
2
1
1
3
0
0
0
3
5
1
1
0
1
1
3
1
0
2
Battaglia
Brindamour
Dimaio
Francis
G Wesley
Gelinas
Halko
J Daniels
Kapanen
Karpa
Langdon
Oneill
Ozolinsh
T Westlund
Tanabe
Vasicek
Wallin
Willis
1
0
0
2
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
1
2
0
1
1
0
1
-1
+2
-1
-1
even
even
+1
even
even
even
even
-1
+2
even
-1
-1
-2
+1
3
2
3
3
1
3
0
1
4
2
0
2
2
0
2
2
0
2

POST-GAME QUOTES
CAROLINA HURRICANES vs. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
OCTOBER 31, 2000

CAROLINA HEAD COACH PAUL MAURICE:

On the game:

“It was a close game, and an ugly game through two periods. I was actually very pleased with where we were at. I didn’t think we showed a lot of frustration. I thought that we battled pretty well, especially in the first period, we played a strong third and the power play was excellent tonight – two big goals – and then the dog and pony show started. A stupid penalty made it five – three and blown coverage down behind that net and in the slot just awful. We’ll correct that tomorrow.”

On the emotion of overtime win:

“We can’t walk away from that game - maybe one notch happier than a loss, winning the game. We won the game but that’s a real loss - a three-goal lead with six minutes left – I don’t want to pull DiMaio and not play him another shift because he’s got that bad back and can’t do it because we got soft. We have a tendancy to be a soft team on our own ice.”

On continuing to use attacking style:

“We’ve got to grab guys by the ears. We changed in our personel – we’re not going back – we’ve seen what we can do with defense that can probably handle the last six minutes better than the ones that we got. You know, it’s a stupid penalty and it was two blown coverages, one by our forward and the other was split between a forward and a d-man. You can’t just rely on scoring five goals a night and we’ll see what happens on the back end.”

TAMPA BAY HEAD COACH STEVE LUDZIG:

On the game:

“I found hard to stomach the five-on-threes in a tight game like that. That’s really why we were dug in such a big hole and I think that my guys showed huge heart and they wouldn’t stop working… It’s as good a comeback as you’re going to see in the National Hockey League right there. That was huge.”

On the comeback:

“I think nine out of 10 teams in the National Hockey League would probably have said, ‘Hey, let’s wait for the next night,’ but we didn’t. I think Modin’s power play goal got us hoppin’ – Richards got the next one and then Holzinger. When we get in that four-on-four situation people who watched us last year a lot of times inexperience really shows – we get run around a little bit and, let’s face it, the guy shot the puck from behind the net and hit our goalie and into the net.”

On Tampa Bay’s morale:

“I told my team they should be really up. We had two power play goals against our team and a shorthanded goal against – our special teams have to get better. No question about that. But I told them, ‘I take that as a tie.’” That’s all anybody asks of this team right now is to show heart and courage to play every night and I like that in what we saw.”

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