February 1, 2013 - Lightning take an early lead, and end it with the score of 8-3. Photos: R. Pitts/ CC Media + Entertainment
Steven Stamkos met with fans during the holidays!
Photots from the Bolts' 4-3 win over Buffalo on October 25th, 2011
Coming off a tough 2-0 loss to the Islanders Thursday night at the Forum, the Lightning rebounded beautifully Saturday, beating the Hurricanes 4-1.
Mathieu Garon got the call to play between the pipes after defeating Carolina twice already this season.
In his second game as Bolt since being called up from the Syracuse Crunch, Tyler Johnson opened the scoring halfway through the first period with a top shelf wrist shot, off a fantastic pass down low from Alex Killorn.
The Lightning outshot the Hurricanes 10-8 in the first period as the defensemen continued to play at a high level, giving the goalie some room to breath.
Ondrej Palat also scored his first NHL goal in the second period after the puck hit his skate before getting past Carolina netminder Justin Peters. The original shot was taken by Sami Salo, but after review, the goal was awarded to Palat, who was called up from Syracuse earlier this month. Johnson was given the secondary assist for a mutli-point game.
Later in the middle stanza, Nate Thompson took a pass from BJ Crombeen in stride as he had a step on Drayson Bowman and used his body to shield off the defender before slipping the puck up top on Peters for the third goal of the contest.
Four minutes into the third period, Teddy Purcell scored his first goal in exactly one month to put Tampa Bay up 4-0.
Just over two minutes later, Carolina captain Eric Staal put the Hurricanes on the board, but despite having a man advantage for four minutes in a five-minute span, the Southeast Division leaders were held to the one goal.
When the final horn sounded in front of a 15th consecutive sell out crowd, the Lightning snapped their five-game home losing streak as Garon stopped 21-of-22 shots faced.
In the three wins over the Hurricanes, Garon has stopped 88-of-92 shots he's faced.
Next up, Tampa Bay looks to build a winning streak as they host the flyers Monday night before hitting the road. The game will be broadcast on sister station 970 WFLA.