Hurricanes Fall Short Against Lightning, 5-2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Ryan Malone had three goals, including a go-ahead score midway through the third period, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Saturday night.
Malone made it 3-2 from the slot with 9:14 to play after receiving a nifty pass from Martin St. Louis. After Steve Downie extended the Tampa Bay advantage to 4-2 on a power-play goal at the 13-minute mark, Malone completed his hat trick on an empty-netter with 1:16 remaining.
Paul Ranger also scored for the Lightning, who stopped a 12-game losing streak -- including four losses in overtime or a shootout -- dating back to last season.
Carolina got goals from Eric Staal and Rod Brind'Amour.