Carolina at Tampa Bay

St. Louis breaks own record for fastest three goals for Lightning

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Martin St. Louis set a record and broke out of scoring slump in one memorable period.

St. Louis broke his own mark for the fastest three goals in team history, completing a hat trick in a 6:17 span of the second period in the Tampa Bay Lightning's 5-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

"I got a lot of chances, and I was able to capitalize on some of them," said St. Louis, who had six shots. "That's the difference tonight from many nights so far this year. It's nice to get rewarded for those chances you get and that you create."

St. Louis also set the previous record against the Hurricanes, scoring three times in a 9:43 stretch of the first period in a 5-4 victory Jan. 15, 2004. He had two goals on 29 shots in his first eight games this season.

Ruslan Fedotenko and Vincent Lecavalier also scored for the Lightning, who have won four of five. Marc Denis made 23 saves.

"It was nice to see Marty light it up," Denis said. "He's one of the most dangerous players in the NHL."

Stanley Cup champion Carolina, 4-2-1 in its last seven games, got a short-handed goal from Eric Staal with 5:15 to play. Cam Ward was replaced by former Lightning goalie John Grahame after allowing four goals on 21 shots through two periods.

"Cam would probably like to have one or two of them back," Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said.

Tampa Bay took a 2-0 lead on St. Louis' power-play goal at 10:46 of the second. Brad Richards was in the left corner when he sent a pass off the end boards. The puck wound up trickling in front of the net to St. Louis.

"It was a lucky bounce, and you'll take those any day," St. Louis said.

St. Louis made it 3-0 on a rebound goal with 4:38 left in the second, and completed his fourth career hat trick from the right circle with 2:57 to go.

"It's one of those things where he was hot tonight," Hurricanes defenseman Bret Hedican said. "Everything he was shooting was going in the net. He had a couple of opportunities and buried it."

Fedotenko put the Lightning ahead 1-0 at 7:02 of the first. Lecavalier scored a third-period power-play goal.

"Sometimes you can't control the bounces," Tampa Bay defenseman Dan Boyle said. "We all know you can control your work ethic. If you work harder than the other team, most night's you're going to win. Tonight I thought we worked harder than they did and we got some bounces."

Notes

  • Mikael Renberg is only other Lightning player to score three goals in a period. He did against Florida on March 21, 1998.
  • Carolina D David Tanabe (upper body) missed his second straight game. Hurricanes D Niclas Wallin (lower body) sat out his third consecutive game.
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Martin St. Louis snaps out of a scoring slump with three goals in a span of 6:17 in the second period. (AP)
Martin St. Louis snaps out of a scoring slump with three goals in a span of 6:17 in the second period. (AP)

Scoreboard
Carolina (3-5-2)0011
Tampa Bay  (5-4-0) «1315
Three Stars
M. St. Louis
TB


Goals: 3
Assist(s): 0
M. Denis
TB


Saves: 23
Save Pct.: .958
P. Ranger
TB


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:02Ruslan Fedotenko (4), Slap Shot - Assists: Cory Sarich, Paul Ranger
2ND PERIOD
10:46Power Play - Martin St. Louis (3), Snap Shot - Assists: Brad Richards, Filip Kuba
15:22Martin St. Louis (4), Wrist Shot - Assists: Filip Kuba, Brad Richards
17:03Martin St. Louis (5), Wrist Shot - Assist: Dan Boyle
3RD PERIOD
04:20Power Play - Vincent Lecavalier (4), Wrist Shot - Assists: Ruslan Fedotenko, Paul Ranger
14:45Short - Eric Staal (6), Slap Shot - Unassisted.
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
09:11Kuba: Hooking - 2 min.
11:31Ladd: Roughing - 2 min.
2ND PERIOD
06:46Walker: Hooking - 2 min.
10:05Hutchinson: Tripping - 2 min.
11:22Fedotenko: Diving - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
03:44Cole: Slashing - 2 min.
12:56Babchuk: High sticking - 2 min.
17:50Sarich: Boarding - 2 min.
SHOTS ON GOAL
 123T
Carolina96924
Tampa Bay1210628
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
John Grahame20:0051
Cam Ward40:00174
Marc Denis59:56231
GAME INFORMATION
Attendance - 19826
Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Gord Dwyer, Craig Spada
Line Judges - Steve Barton, Brian Murphy
 
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