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Malone scores three, including go-ahead goal, as Tampa Bay beats Carolina 5-2 @NHLdotcom

TAMPA, Fla. - Ryan Malone had three goals, including a go-ahead score midway through the third period, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Saturday night.

Malone made it 3-2 from the slot with 9:14 to play after receiving a nifty pass from Martin St. Louis. After Steve Downie extended the Tampa Bay advantage to 4-2 on a power-play goal at the 13-minute mark, Malone completed his hat trick on an empty-netter with 1:16 remaining.

Paul Ranger also scored for the Lightning, who stopped a 12-game losing streak - including four losses in overtime or a shootout - dating back to last season.

Carolina got goals from Eric Staal and Rod Brind'Amour.

Ranger stopped a personal 22-game goal-scoring drought from just inside the blue line at 13:24 of the second, and then Malone put the Lightning up 2-1 just 15 seconds later on an in-close back-hander.

Carolina had taken a 1-0 lead on Staal's wraparound goal during a second-period power play at 12:42. Brind'Amour tied it 2-2 with a power-play goal with 2:32 left in the second.

Brind'Amour has 1,168 career points, which is two away from tying Bobby Hull for 47th place all-time.

St. Louis had two assists to extend his season-opening point streak to four games. He has five assists and seven points over the stretch.

Notes: Brind'Amour played in his 1,409th NHL game, tying him for 27th place all-time with Paul Coffey. ... Carolina coach Paul Maurice coached his 900th NHL game. ... Tampa Bay claimed LW Radek Smolenak off waivers from Chicago and assigned him to Norfolk of the AHL. ... Hurricanes D Joni Pitkanen (sore knee) missed his second straight game. ... Lightning C Vincent Lecavalier has not scored a goal in his last 11 games. ... Tampa Bay D Kurtis Foster (lower body) didn't play for the third consecutive game.

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