Carolina at Tampa Bay

Hurricanes 8, Lightning 5 wire reports

TAMPA, Fla. -- Rod Brind'Amour has been playing in the NHL for about as long as Drayson Bowman has been alive.

The two teamed up to score a pair of goals apiece in Carolina's 8-5 win Tuesday over the Tampa Bay Lightning. For Bowman, they were the first of his NHL career.

"It was obviously a dream to score the first one," Bowman said. You don't know quite when or how its going to come, but it really feels good."

Eric Staal also scored two goals and Steven Stamkos scored his team-leading 47th, keeping him one behind NHL leaders Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby.

Brind'Amour, who made his debut in the 1989 playoffs, scored both of his goals during a five-goal first period for Carolina. It was the 39-year-old center's first multigoal game of the season.

Jussi Jokinen added another one to chase Lightning goalie Antero Nittymaki. Carolina had 23 shots in the period.

Brandon Bochenski scored twice for the Lightning and Andrej Meszaros had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay.

Brind'Amour gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead when Sergei Samsonov found the former captain alone in front of goal with Nittymaki out of position.

His second goal a tip in off of a feed from Bryan Rodney gave the Hurricanes a 4-1 lead.

Brind'Amour "played pretty darn well for a little while," Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said. I think his linemates had a lot to do with it. As a group they were pretty darn good."

Staal scored both of his goals in the second period, the latter on a breakaway shot past backup goalie Mike Smith to give the Hurricanes a 7-2 lead. He assisted on a goal by Jokinen and an empty-net goal by Chad Larose to end the game.

Jokinen's goal was the one that ended Niitymaki's night, with 18 saves on 23 shots.

"To put it mildly, the first period was pretty tough to watch," Lightning coach Rick Tocchet said. "I feel sorry for the fans on this one."


Carolina goalie Manny Legace skated off the ice midway through the second period and is listed day-to-day. ... Lightning C Zenon Konopka had two fights and set the team record for penalty minutes in a season with 260.

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Carolina  (34-36-10) «5218
Tampa Bay (31-36-12)1225
Three Stars
E. Staal

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 2
J. Jokinen

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
R. Brind'Amour

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
05:44Steven Stamkos (48), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
08:04Power Play - Drayson Bowman (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Boychuk, Sutter
10:37Rod Brind'Amour (8), Tip-In. Assist: Samsonov, McBain
17:57Jussi Jokinen (30), Backhand Shot. Assist: Staal, LaRose
19:29Rod Brind'Amour (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Rodney, Kostopoulos
19:40Drayson Bowman (2), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
04:47Brandon Bochenski (4), Tip-In. Assist: Thompson, Meszaros
06:43Eric Staal (25), Snap Shot. Assist: Cole, Carson
09:47Eric Staal (26), Snap Shot. Assist: LaRose
14:09Teddy Purcell (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Lecavalier, Malone
15:17Andrej Meszaros (6), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
16:42Brandon Bochenski (5), Slap Shot. Assist: Foster
19:35Chad LaRose (9), Empty Net. Assist: Staal, Jokinen
Penalty Summary
03:40Rodney, 2 min, High-Sticking
06:56Lashoff, 2 min, Interference
02:24Kostopoulos, 5 min, Fighting
02:24Konopka, 5 min, Fighting
05:10Bochenski, 2 min, Holding
05:57Brind'Amour, 2 min, Holding
07:31Foster, 2 min, Tripping
11:32Konopka, 5 min, Fighting
11:32Harrison, 5 min, Fighting
11:32Konopka, 2 min, Roughing
02:40Kostopoulos, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
Tampa Bay9131537
Manny Legace25:0992
Cam Ward34:50233
Antero Niittymaki20:00185
Mike Smith38:30152
Game Information
Attendance - 12454
Referees - Tim Peel, Ghislain Hebert
Linesmen - Shane Heyer, Brian Mach
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