Tampa Bay 5, Carolina 2

Boxscore | Recap
Saturday, December 31, 2011 5:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Carolina 13-21-4-2 9-10-0-2 4-11-4-0 L1
Tampa Bay 17-17-1-2 11-5-0-0 6-12-1-2 W3

Recap


Steven Stamkos recorded his fifth career hat trick and Martin St. Louis had three assists, including the 500th of his career, as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the visiting Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Saturday.
 
Stamkos’ third goal, a rocket from the left circle on the power play 43 seconds into the third period, gave Tampa Bay the lead for good at 3-2. Teddy Purcell split the Carolina defense at the blue line and scored 22 seconds later as the Lightning improved to 5-1-1 in their last seven.
 
It was Stamkos’ second hat trick and sixth multi-goal game of the season – two in the last three games. He leads the league with 26 goals.
 
Steve Downie (one goal, two assists) and Ryan Malone (three assists) each had their first three-point games of the season for the Lightning.
 
Goalie Mathieu Garon made 24 saves, improving to 7-2 at home, as the Lightning gained their first three-game win streak since Nov. 9.
 
Eric Staal, playing in his 600th career game, had assists on power-play goals by defensemen Justin Faulk and Jay Harrison in the first two periods for the Hurricanes. Carolina forward Tuomo Ruutu played his 500th game.
 
A statue of Hall of Fame player and founder of the Lightning Phil Esposito was unveiled in the plaza outside the arena before the game.

Top Game Performances

Carolina   Tampa Bay
Eric Staal 2 Points Steven Stamkos 3
Justin Faulk 1 Goals Steven Stamkos 3
Eric Staal 2 Assists Ryan Malone 3
Justin Faulk 1 Power Play Goals Steven Stamkos 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Cam Ward .844 Save Percentage Mathieu Garon .923
Cam Ward 27 Saves Mathieu Garon 24

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Carolina 26 2 2-4 2-3 10 33
Tampa Bay 32 5 1-3 2-4 12 33

Upcoming Games

  • Tampa Bay will play their next game on the road against Tampa Bay . The Lightning have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .429 after a loss.
  • Carolina will play their next game at home against NY Islanders . The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .308 after a win and .333 after a loss.
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