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 night 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
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
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.”
NOTES: 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