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Hurricanes double up Lightning

Nov 2, 2011 - 3:48 AM
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Jeff Skinner and Chad LaRose each tallied twice, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Cam Ward stopped 28-of-30 shots for Carolina, which had lost four of its previous five games coming in.

Teddy Purcell and Brett Connolly netted goals for the Lightning, who came in winners in four of their previous five contests.

Dwayne Roloson made 27 saves in the loss.

"Except for the third period we didn't earn anything out there tonight," said Tampa Bay head coach Guy Boucher. "They came prepared and we didn't."

Carolina defenseman Bryan Allen blocked away a slap shot from the high point by Marc-Andre Bergeron, but the puck caromed off Allen's stick right to Purcell, who snapped it into the empty net at the right of the crease to make it 1-0, 15:14 into the first period.

The Hurricanes tied it up with a LaRose power-play goal late in the opening period. The puck trickled through the legs of Roloson on a Jay Harrison slap shot from the high point and LaRose was there in the crease to poke it home and tie the score.

The Hurricanes, who controlled the first period by outshooting Tampa Bay 19- seven, were rewarded with two second-period goals by Skinner.

With Victor Hedman's stick in his chest, Skinner maneuvered his way into the slot from the left circle and flicked a wrister past Roloson just 22 seconds into the period.

Midway through the second, Jussi Jokinen found a wide open Skinner just right of the crease from the left circle as he jammed it into the empty net to make it 3-1.

The Lightning were unable to take advantage of a two-minute, 5-on-3 advantage in the second period as Ward made some big saves to keep Carolina ahead.

"The 5-on-3 was big," Skinner said. "You saw the energy pick up after that. There was some huge blocked shots."

Connolly cut the margin to 3-2 14:16 into the final period as he took a Martin St. Louis pass from behind the net and jammed it home on a wrap-around.

But the Hurricanes responded just 54 seconds later when LaRose wristed one home from the slot for his second goal of the night.

Game Notes

Skinner has six goals in eight career games against Tampa Bay...Bergeron's assist on the Purcell goal was his 11th of the season...The Lightning head home to take on Chicago on Friday, while the Hurricanes play game two of their three-game homestand against Washington on Friday.