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Corvo's power-play goals lift Hurricanes past Lightning

Feb 21, 2009 - 3:29 AM
RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Defenseman Joe Corvo made sure the Carolina Hurricanes capitalized on their 5-on-3 advantages.

Corvo netted a pair of power-play goals early in the third period during a two-man advantage as the Hurricanes cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday.

Eric Staal recorded a goal and an assist and Jussi Jokinen also scored for Carolina (30-25-5), which moved within one point of the eighth-place Buffalo Sabres (30-23-6) in the Eastern Conference.

Captain Ray Whitney and Sergei Samsonov collected two assists apiece and Cam Ward made 12 saves for the Hurricanes, who ended a three-game home losing streak.

"Just everybody's more relaxed on the road, and we're here to please the masses, I guess, in Carolina," Corvo said. "So that makes it a lot easier for us to play - we don't have anything to worry about."

Vaclav Prospal tallied and rookie Mike McKenna stopped 37 shots for the Lightning, who have lost four contests in a row.

"The one positive, I thought McKenna - other than letting that bad goal in - battled," Tampa Bay interim coach Rick Tocchet said. "I've got to give that kid credit. I like seeing that in a kid. It was a great job for him to battle."

"I can't imagine being any more down than this," center Jeff Halpern added. "Any time you lose and you're not in the playoffs, it's a miserable feeling. We've got some injuries, but the guys who are playing are doing a good job."

Jokinen, who played for the Lightning last month, snapped a 1-1 tie with 5 1/2 minutes left in the second period, when he fired a rolling puck from the slot past McKenna for his first goal since joining the Hurricanes on February 7.

"I think every player who has been traded, they want to win their first game so badly," Jokinen said. "I'm not the exception of that."

Corvo provided some breathing room after Tampa bay committed three quick penalties early in the final session, giving Carolina an elongated 5-on-3 power play.

"For me, it's either a positive or a great negative if we don't score, because that's such a big opportunity for our team," Corvo said. "Just to take the momentum and take over the game. It was good that we scored on those."

After taking a pass from Whitney in the slot, Corvo skated to the left point and unleashed a slap shot past a thoroughly screened McKenna to extended the Hurricanes' lead to 3-1 at 3:38.

Just 39 seconds later, Corvo added another goal while still on the two-man advantage. He blasted a one-timer from the right slot off a pass from Whitney.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    TAMPA BAY 0 1 0 1
    CAROLINA 1 1 2 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CAR - ERIC STAAL 27 (SERGEI SAMSONOV, TUOMO RUUTU) 8:30
    2ND PRD: TAM - VACLAV PROSPAL 14 (JEFF HALPERN) 1:53
    CAR - JUSSI JOKINEN 7 (ROD BRIND'AMOUR) 14:30
    3RD PRD: CAR - (PP) JOE CORVO 10 (RAY WHITNEY, SERGEI SAMSONOV

    Feb 20 9:31 PM


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    TAMPA BAY 1
    CAROLINA 4
    3RD PRD: CAR - (PP) JOE CORVO 11 (RAY WHITNEY, ERIC STAAL) 4:17

    Lightning 1, Hurricanes 4  3rd - 15:43Feb 20 9:01 PM


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    TAMPA BAY 1
    CAROLINA 3
    3RD PRD: CAR - (PP) JOE CORVO 10 (RAY WHITNEY, SERGEI SAMSONOV) 3:38

    Lightning 1, Hurricanes 3  3rd - 16:22Feb 20 9:01 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    CAROLINA 1 1 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CAR - ERIC STAAL 27 (SERGEI SAMSONOV, TUOMO RUUTU) 8:30
    2ND PRD: TAM - VACLAV PROSPAL 14 (JEFF HALPERN) 1:53
    CAR - JUSSI JOKINEN 7 (ROD BRIND'AMOUR) 14:30
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    Feb 20 8:33 PM


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    TAMPA BAY 1
    CAROLINA 2
    2ND PRD: CAR - JUSSI JOKINEN 7 (ROD BRIND'AMOUR) 14:30

    Lightning 1, Hurricanes 2  2nd - 5:30Feb 20 8:24 PM
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    TAMPA BAY 1
    CAROLINA 1
    2ND PRD: TAM - VACLAV PROSPAL 14 (JEFF HALPERN) 1:53

    Lightning 1, Hurricanes 1  2nd - 18:07Feb 20 8:02 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    TAMPA BAY 0 0
    CAROLINA 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CAR - ERIC STAAL 27 (SERGEI SAMSONOV, TUOMO RUUTU) 8:30
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    CAR 14 14
    GOALIES: TAM - MIKE MCKENNA
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    TAMPA BAY 0
    CAROLINA 1
    1ST PRD: CAR - ERIC STAAL 27 (SERGEI SAMSONOV, TUOMO RUUTU) 8:30

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