By Bradley Walker, 1010 Sports

CAROLINA (CBS) Hockey season is back, and the Lightning struck  in Carolina Friday night with a 5-1 win to open the season.

The Hurricanes sought revenge for being knocked out of playoff contention by the Lightning in the final game of last season, but the bolts got the big win to open up the 2011-2012 NHL season.

Five different players on the lightning contributed to the five goals scored last night, with Martin St. Louis leading the charge on Carolina’s home ice.

St. Louis had a goal and an assist, and Vincent Lecavalier, Steve Downey, Adam Hall and Ryan Malone scored one goal each in a rout against the Hurricanes.

Tampa Bay’s regular season schedule has them on the road for their first five games of the season, and tonight they travel to Boston for a rematch of the 2011 Eastern Conference Final with the Bruins.

Jeff Skinner scored in the first period for Carolina to give them a 1-0 lead, but Dwayne Roloson dodged the offensive onslaught from the Hurricanes in the first period to give the Lightning a chance to bounce back.

St. Louis and Lecavalier took advantage of four penalties committed by Carolina in the second period and scored one goal each to give the bolts a 2-1 lead.

The lightning dominated the third period with three goals, and Roloson was locked in at the net with 32 saves on the night with one goal allowed.

It’s a good time to be a Lightning fan. Last season’s incredible playoff run set the tone for Guy Boucher and his squad for the upcoming season.







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