TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ The Tampa Bay Lightning finally had an off night.
Sean Hill had two goals, and Kevin Weekes made 20 saves as the Carolina
Hurricanes snapped the Lightning's 18-game point streak with a 5-1 victory
``You know something like this is going to happen,'' Tampa Bay coach John
Tortorella said. ``It doesn't make it any easier to go through it. We were slow
in everything we did. I don't think it was through a lack of preparing and
trying, but nothing went right.''
Rod Brind'Amour, Jaroslav Svoboda and Radim Vrbata had the other goals for
Carolina, 5-0-1-1 in its past seven road games.
``They're playing really well right now ... it was nice to be a thorn in
their side for one night anyway,'' Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said.
Ruslan Fedotenko scored for Tampa Bay.
NHL scoring leader Martin St. Louis had an assist for the Lightning, who
have a one-point lead in the race for the Presidents' Trophy over Western
Tampa Bay, 26-4-2-4 since Jan. 3, was 14-0-2-2 to record the longest points
streak in the NHL this season. The Lightning had won seven straight at home and
lost for the first time in regulation since Feb. 3.
``Guys looked a little tired tonight,'' Tampa Bay defenseman Dan Boyle said.
``The energy definitely wasn't there. We've had some bad periods in the last
five games, but not the whole game. Tonight it was all three of them.''
Fedotenko put the Lightning up 1-0 during a two-on-one at 5:25 of the first
Carolina took a 2-1 lead on goals by Hill, at 5:59, and Brind'Amour with
3:51 left in the first. Erik Cole set up Brind'Amour's goal, during a
two-on-one, by diving forward and swatting a pass into the slot from the left
``They've been on an unbelievable run, but it's got to come to an end
sometime,'' Cole said.
Tampa Bay didn't record a shot in the final 12:45 of the first period.
Svoboda scored his first goal in 25 games to put Carolina ahead 3-1 at 3:45
of the second. The third Hurricanes' goal came on their eighth shot on goalie
John Grahame, who finished with 21 saves.
Weekes turned aside Fredrik Modin's in-close backhander midway through the
second. He also made a strong save on Dan Boyle's drive from the slot early in
Vrbata made it 4-1 on a backhander at 10:36 of the third. Hill scored his
second of the game during a five-on-three power play with 1:51 left.
``They outworked us,'' Lightning defenseman Cory Sarich said. ``We can't
take a night off like we did tonight. You do it, you get beat no matter who you
are in the league.''