Hurricanes Swirl By Bolts

By Bradley Walker, 1010 Sports

Raleigh, N.C (CBS) The Carolina Hurricanes evened up the season series with the Lightning with a 4-2 win at the RBC Center Tuesday night.

Jeff Skinner led the Canes with two key goals in the second period to break the tie and give his team a late advantage.

Carolina got off to a quick start by pounding Dwayne Roloson with 13 shots in the first 15 minutes of play, but it was Teddy Purcell who struck first with a rebound from the shot of defenseman Marc -Andre Bergeron.

Chad LaRose tied it with a goal late in the first period toput it at 1-1. LaRose and Skinner scored all four goals for Carolina, and both players are young, up-and-coming stars that Tampa Bay has had trouble with in the past.

The 19-year-old Skinner scored less than a minute into the second period, beating Victor Hedman and putting the puck top shelf over the shoulder of Roloson to put Carolina up 2-1.

He notched his second goal of the period when Jussi Jokinen fed him a pass that he slid in passed Roloson to make it 3-1.

Brett Connolly got an assist from Martin St. Louis 14 minutes into the third period and buried it to pick up the first goal of his NHL career, closing the gap at 3-2.

LaRose crushed all hope for the bolts when he scored almost a minute after Connolly to put the game out of reach.

Tampa Bay faltered because they did not play three periods of hockey. They came out strong in the first period, but if you don’t battle and bleed until the end then you will never come out on top.

Carolina wanted it more, and they got it. The Lightning have had a bumpy ride on the road thus far, but they will come home to face the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.


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