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Staal, Ruutu help Hurricanes blow past Lightning

Mar 8, 2009 - 5:35 AM
TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- All-Star Eric Staal recorded four goals and two assists and Tuomo Ruutu scored two goals and set up two others as the Carolina Hurricanes thwarted the Tampa Bay Lightning, 9-3, on Saturday.

Joe Corvo, captain Rod Brind'Amour and defenseman Anton Babchuk registered a goal and assist apiece and Erik Cole notched four assists for the Hurricanes, who swept the season series with Tampa Bay for the first time in franchise history since the 1996-97 Hartford Whalers won all four meetings.

"That was a great game," Brind'Amour said. "Everything (Staal) touched tonight was gold. It's good to see. We've had a tough year scoring goals, so it was nice to see the puck go in tonight."

Captain Vincent Lecavalier and Ryan Malone each scored a goal and set up another and All-Star Martin St. Louis also tallied for the Lightning, who fell to 2-7-2 in their last 11 games.

"I think we have some guys that are in shape," Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet said. "If you don't work on the ice, it's going to be a little boot camp. It's a humbling experience for all of us. We have goalies out, defensemen out and we have injuries, but there's no excuse for some players.

"You need to roll your sleeves up and go to work, meet the challenges and (face) the adversity or you can go hide. And I'm not going to hide. I know my coaching staff isn't going to hide."

Staal led the charge by scoring twice in a span of 2 minutes, 39 seconds midway through the first and Babchuk gave Carolina a 3-0 bulge with 9:51 remaining in the session. St. Louis put Tampa Bay on the board with 7:17 left.

Corvo netted his 12th goal of the season at 2:41 of the second to kick off a six-goal period - one away from tying a franchise record - and Brind'Amour scored a power-play tally 67 seconds later.

"We've been pretty solid," Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said. "Every once in a while one of these games happens. You don't have to get too excited about it. You just hope everybody gets through the game, nobody gets hurt and you go on to the next one.

"Clearly they're (Tampa) at a different stage right now then we are and the dangerous part is that they still have two or three of the best players in the National Hockey League and they make it tough sometimes."

Ruutu registered a goal with the man advantage at 6:03 of the period and Staal added two more goals in a four-minute span shortly thereafter. It was the third time - the first since Ron Francis on February 12, 1984, against Edmonton - that a Hartford-Carolina player had four goals in a contest.

"It's one of those games that don't happen very often," Staal said. "It was a good win for our team, which was the bottom line. But it's fun getting points and being on the offensive side of the game."

Ruutu capped the rally with his 19th goal of the season with 27 seconds remaining in the session, taking a pass from Staal and firing a hard slap shot from the slot into the vacant net.

Lecavalier notched his 28th goal at 3:30 of the third and Malone struck less than six minutes later against Cam Ward, who stopped 22 shots for Carolina.






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    Hurricanes 9, Lightning 3  FinalMar 8 3:51 AM
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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CAROLINA 3 6 0 9
    TAMPA BAY 1 0 2 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CAR - (SH) ERIC STAAL 29 (ROD BRIND'AMOUR) 7:01
    CAR - ERIC STAAL 30 (ERIK COLE, TUOMO RUUTU) 9:40
    CAR - MATT CULLEN 21 (ANTON BABCHUK) 10:09
    TAM - MARTIN ST. LOUIS 24 (STEVEN STAMKOS, PAUL SZCZECHURA)
    12:43
    2ND PRD:

    Mar 7 11:01 PM


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    CAROLINA 9
    TAMPA BAY 3
    3RD PRD: TAM - RYAN MALONE 23 (VACLAV PROSPAL, VINCENT LECAVALIER)
    9:12

    Hurricanes 9, Lightning 3  3rd - 10:48Mar 7 10:41 PM


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    CAROLINA 9
    TAMPA BAY 2
    3RD PRD: TAM - VINCENT LECAVALIER 28 (RYAN MALONE, VACLAV PROSPAL)
    3:30

    Hurricanes 9, Lightning 2  3rd - 16:30Mar 7 10:29 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CAROLINA 3 6 9
    TAMPA BAY 1 0 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CAR - (SH) ERIC STAAL 29 (ROD BRIND'AMOUR) 7:01
    CAR - ERIC STAAL 30 (ERIK COLE, TUOMO RUUTU) 9:40
    CAR - MATT CULLEN 21 (ANTON BABCHUK) 10:09
    TAM - MARTIN ST. LOUIS 24 (STEVEN STAMKOS, PAUL SZCZECHURA)
    12

    Mar 7 10:09 PM


  • NHL
    CAROLINA 9
    TAMPA BAY 1
    2ND PRD: CAR - TUOMO RUUTU 19 (ERIC STAAL, ERIK COLE) 19:33

    Hurricanes 9, Lightning 1  2nd - 0:27Mar 7 10:09 PM


  • NHL
    CAROLINA 8
    TAMPA BAY 1
    2ND PRD: CAR - ERIC STAAL 32 (TUOMO RUUTU, ERIK COLE) 16:45

    Hurricanes 8, Lightning 1  2nd - 3:15Mar 7 10:03 PM


  • NHL
    CAROLINA 7
    TAMPA BAY 1
    2ND PRD: CAR - ERIC STAAL 31 (CHAD LAROSE, TUOMO RUUTU) 12:48

    Hurricanes 7, Lightning 1  2nd - 7:12Mar 7 8:56 PM


  • NHL
    CAROLINA 6
    TAMPA BAY 1
    2ND PRD: CAR - (PP) TUOMO RUUTU 18 (SERGEI SAMSONOV, JOE CORVO) 6:03

    Hurricanes 6, Lightning 1  2nd - 13:57Mar 7 8:46 PM


  • NHL
    CAROLINA 5
    TAMPA BAY 1
    2ND PRD: CAR - (PP) ROD BRIND'AMOUR 9 (SERGEI SAMSONOV, MATT CULLEN)
    3:48

    Hurricanes 5, Lightning 1  2nd - 16:12Mar 7 8:40 PM


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    CAROLINA 4
    TAMPA BAY 1
    2ND PRD: CAR - JOE CORVO 12 (ERIK COLE, ERIC STAAL) 2:41

    Hurricanes 4, Lightning 1  2nd - 17:19Mar 7 8:40 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CAROLINA 3 3
    TAMPA BAY 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CAR - (SH) ERIC STAAL 29 (ROD BRIND'AMOUR) 7:01
    CAR - ERIC STAAL 30 (ERIK COLE, TUOMO RUUTU) 9:40
    CAR - MATT CULLEN 21 (ANTON BABCHUK) 10:09
    TAM - MARTIN ST. LOUIS 24 (STEVEN STAMKOS, PAUL SZCZECHURA)
    12

    Mar 7 8:13 PM


  • NHL
    CAROLINA 3
    TAMPA BAY 1
    1ST PRD: TAM - MARTIN ST. LOUIS 24 (STEVEN STAMKOS, PAUL SZCZECHURA)
    12:43

    Hurricanes 3, Lightning 1  1st - 7:17Mar 7 8:05 PM


  • NHL
    CAROLINA 3
    TAMPA BAY 0
    1ST PRD: CAR - MATT CULLEN 21 (ANTON BABCHUK) 10:09

    Hurricanes 3, Lightning 0  1st - 9:51Mar 7 7:58 PM


  • NHL
    CAROLINA 2
    TAMPA BAY 0
    1ST PRD: CAR - ERIC STAAL 30 (ERIK COLE, TUOMO RUUTU) 9:40

    Hurricanes 2, Lightning 0  1st - 10:20Mar 7 7:58 PM


  • NHL
    CAROLINA 1
    TAMPA BAY 0
    1ST PRD: CAR - (SH) ERIC STAAL 29 (ROD BRIND'AMOUR) 7:01

    Hurricanes 1, Lightning 0  1st - 12:59Mar 7 7:53 PM