NHL Game Night: 12/20/10 Hurricanes at Lightning

A feel-good romp in Tampa Bay.

CAR-1
TB-5

Dan Ellis allowed just 1 goal on 22 shots for the victory in a surprise start he was not scheduled for. He made a huge save early in the Second Period that allowed the Lightning to maintain momentum and go on to crush Carolina. That's three straight games where the Lightning's goaltenders have only allowed 1 goal. Beautiful.

First Period
05:48 TB Moore (6), Purcell (16), Tyrell (4)
15:52 CAR Samsonov (6), Skinner (16), Cole (8)(PP)
19:59 TB St Louis (13), Malone (17), Moore (7)

Second Period
14:51 TB Clark (7), St Louis (29), Hedman (11)
16:26 TB Stamkos (26), St Louis (30), Purcell (17)(PP)
18:58 TB Bergenheim (7), Clark (7), Lecavalier (8)(PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Martin St. Louis, Ellis, and Vincent Lecavalier were the game's three stars.

This was a solid win in a fairly important game. The Canes came into the night six points back of the Lightning, and Carolina happened to be the 9th place team in the conference. So, it was critical for the Lightning to hold serve at home, especially with Cam Ward out with a rash(?) and a young goaltender who was in the AHL last season between the pipes. Now they've got an 8 point spread on 9th place and are 1 point back in the Division with 2 games in hand on the Thrashers. It's a bigger win than it might have appeared on the surface.

Dana Tyrell had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots in 15:07.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.