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Corvo's goals give edge to Hurricanes

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)

Joe Corvo scored two 5-on-3 goals 39 seconds apart, Jussi Jokinen scored the go-ahead goal against his former team and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 on Friday night. Eric Staal had a goal and an assist, and Ray Whitney and Sergei Samsonov had two assists apiece for the Hurricanes, 5-0 against Tampa Bay this season. Carolina is ninth in the Eastern Conference, a point behind Florida and Buffalo. Vaclav Prospal scored for the Lightning. They had a season-worst one shot on goal in the first period and lost for the fourth time in seven nights. And they have a former teammate at least partly to thank for it. Jokinen faced the Lightning for the first time since they dealt him to Carolina on Feb. 7 for two skaters and a draft pick. With 5½ minutes left in the second, he snatched up the puck in the slot and whipped it past Mike McKenna's glove side for his first goal with his new team. Then, Corvo gave the Hurricanes plenty of insurance early in the third after the Lightning were called for three penalties in a 1:07 span, giving Carolina an extended two-skater advantage. After having three consecutive shots blocked, the offensive-minded defenseman beat McKenna with a hard blast with 16:22 remaining and then made it a three-goal game when his slap shot got past the goalie at 15:43. McKenna finished with 37 saves, while his counterpart, Cam Ward, was barely tested and stopped 12 shots — but allowed the second shot he faced to get past him when Prospal's wrist shot early in the second made it 1-all. That came after a miserable first period the Lightning clearly would prefer to forget. They were outshot 14-1, couldn't manage a shot on goal for the first 14 minutes, and Gary Roberts — who tried to stuff one through Ward's pads with 5:43 left — was the only player to put the puck on net. Tampa Bay's previous worst period came on Oct. 11 when it managed two shots in the third period of a 4-3 loss to Carolina. The only early scoring came midway through the period, when Staal used some nifty stickwork to put the Hurricanes up 1-0. His fourth goal in four games was his fourth of the season against the Lightning, but it was his first goal on home ice since Jan. 29 when he scored with 1:36 remaining to beat Tampa Bay 3-2.

Notes

Carolina held a 41-13 shots advantage. ... The teams' four previous meetings were decided by a goal apiece. ... Staal has scored three goals in two games. ... Prospal has 11 points in 15 games for the Lightning. ... Carolina C Rod Brind'Amour assisted on Jokinen's goal for his first point since Jan. 27.
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