Tlusty leads Hurricanes past LightningJan 13, 2012 - 7:45 AM
Tuomo Ruutu added a goal and two assists to post a season-high three points for the Hurricanes, who had lost four of five coming in.
Eric Staal notched three helpers to back a 34-save performance by Cam Ward.
"We basically owed them from last time," Tlusty said. "We didn't show our game the last time we were here, so we had it in our minds. We put the puck in behind their defense, and worked their defense, so that gave us the opportunity to score and we capitalized."
Nate Thompson and Teddy Purcell hit the net for the Lightning, losers of five straight contests.
Starter Mathieu Garon was pulled after yielding three goals on eight shots in less than one period. Dwayne Roloson finished up by allowing two scores on 24 shots.
Carolina pumped home two goals in a 74-second span early on, as Ruutu tapped in a Staal feed at 3:27 and Tlusty doubled the visitors' edge at 4:41 on a one-timer from between the circles.
Thompson picked up an errant clearing pass at center, rolled in alone and beat Ward to the backhand with 5:24 left in the first, but Jay Harrison's floater from the left boards made it 3-1 just 34 seconds later.
Garon then gave way to Roloson but the Hurricanes put one more in the net before period's end, at 16:18, as Staal moved through the Tampa zone, and backhanded a pass which Tlusty tapped in a second ahead of the net coming off its moorings.
Purcell got the Bolts back within two at 2:49 of the second period as he knocked in a feed by Bruno Gervais from the right side, but Carolina netted the clincher late in the third.
Anthony Stewart won a battle for a loose puck along the boards near center, then dished ahead for Brent, who walked in and rang a shot off the right post and in with 6:19 to play.
"I would say that this is the hardest loss to take this year," Lightning head coach Guy Boucher admitted. "We just can't have that."
Staal's three assists were a season high, and comprised his ninth multi-point effort of the season...Carolina did not have a single player voted to the upcoming All-Star Game, while Tampa Bay saw just forward Steven Stamkos invited into its ranks...The Hurricanes host Boston on Saturday, and the Lightning travel to Washington on Friday...Prior to the game, the Hurricanes recalled defenseman Derek Joslin from Charlotte of the AHL.
- CAROLINA: 5
TAMPA BAY: 2
Jan 12 10:41 PM
- Nate Thompson wrist shot is wide.
Hurricanes 5, Lightning 2 3rd - 4:59Jan 12 10:26 PM
- CAROLINA: 4
TAMPA BAY: 2
End of 2nd
Jan 12 9:10 PM
- Tampa Bay Goal - Teddy Purcell (8), at 2:49.
Hurricanes 4, Lightning 2 2nd - 17:11Jan 12 8:41 PM
- CAROLINA: 4
TAMPA BAY: 1
End of 1st
Jan 12 8:20 PM
- Carolina Goal - Jiri Tlusty (9), from Eric Staal and Tuomo Ruutu at 16:18.
Hurricanes 4, Lightning 1 1st - 3:42Jan 12 8:12 PM
- Carolina Goal - Jay Harrison (6), at 15:10.
Hurricanes 3, Lightning 1 1st - 4:50Jan 12 8:07 PM
- Tampa Bay Goal - Nate Thompson, at 14:36.
Hurricanes 2, Lightning 1 1st - 5:24Jan 12 8:05 PM
- Jay Harrison wrist shot on Mathieu Garon.
Hurricanes 2, Lightning 0 1st - 13:44Jan 12 7:51 PM
- Carolina Goal - Tuomo Ruutu (15), from Eric Staal and Jiri Tlusty at 3:27.
Hurricanes 1, Lightning 0 1st - 16:33Jan 12 7:45 PM
- CAROLINA: 0
TAMPA BAY: 0
1st Period - 20:00
Jan 12 7:39 PM
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