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Pitkanen, Williams score in Canes' 3-2 victory over Lightning

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TAMPA, Fla. - Joni Pitkanen and Justin Williams each had a goal and an assist, and the Carolina Hurricanes rallied from an early two-goal deficit for a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.

Chad LaRose also scored for the Hurricanes, who have won three straight and 7 of 10.

The Lightning got goals from Ryan Craig and Vinny Prospal. Tampa Bay has lost three in a row and 20 of 25.

Carolina took its first lead, at 3-2, on Pitkanen's goal from the left point at 6:21 of the second.

Tampa Bay converted two Carolina turnovers into a pair of goals one minute 36 seconds apart by Craig (5:05) and Prospal (6:41) for a 2-0 first-period lead.

The Hurricanes tied it later in the first on goals by Williams, during a power play at 14:46, and LaRose 1:11 later.

Tampa Bay defenceman Andrej Meszaros left in the final minute of the second after being cut on the face by Anton Babchuk's shot.

Lightning left wing Ryan Malone blocked a shot by Sergei Samsonov when Tampa Bay goalie Mike Smith was caught out of position after making an errant pass nine minutes into the game.

Notes: Carolina RW Patrick Eaves (upper body) didn't play. The Hurricanes recalled RW Patrick Dwyer from Albany of the AHL. ... Tampa Bay recalled D Ty Wishart on an emergency basis from Norfolk (AHL). The Lightning are without defencemen Paul Ranger (upper body), Lukas Krajicek (upper body) and Jamie Heward (concussion). ... Carolina D Niclas Wallin (lower body) returned after missing 12 games. ... Tampa Bay LW Jussi Jokinen, who hasn't scored a goal in 21 games, was a healthy scratch. ... Craig's goal was his first in 25 games.

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