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Lightning at Hurricanes: Live Blog and Open Game Thread

Tampa Bay Lightning
@ Carolina Hurricanes

Saturday, Apr 9, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT
RBC Center

All Or Nothing: Lightning At Hurricanes, Game Day Preview


1:20 1st: Simon Gagne, who always seems to have the Canes' number for some reason, nearly put the Lightning on the board first with about four whacks at a loose puck right at the near post. Cam Ward held his ground and kept it out.

4:29 1st: The Lightning have had the better jump so far, and they earn the first power play of the night on a Joni Pitkanen slash of Steven Stamkos. They've had some great scoring chances early. Looks like they have every intention of ruining this party.

6:45 1st: Lightning lead 1-0; Moore 18 (Downie, Bergeron) And there's the reward for the Lightning's strong play to start the game. A Steve Downie shot was kicked out into traffic by Ward and potted on the rebound by Dominic Moore, a weird knuckling shot that Ward couldn't track through the mass of humanity in front of him.

11:00 1st: The Canes are way back on their heels. The Lightning are already outshooting the home team 14-7, and it really hasn't been that close.

11:19 1st: Lightning lead 2-0; Lecavalier 25 (St. Louis) And just like that, the task becomes that much more difficult. Vincent Lecavalier, who was injured in the Lightning power play earlier blocking a shot, looks no worse for wear as he streaks up ice, getting behind the Canes' defense off a pass from Martin St. Louis and opening up Ward enough to slide the puck through the five-hole.

13:17 1st: Lightning up 3-0; Stamkos 45 (Purcell, Gagne) Well...the live blog might be rather short if this keeps up. No sense wasting words on something that's getting way out of hand. This time, it's Stamkos sneaking behind the defense and converting a great centering pass from Teddy Purcell to put the Canes in a three-goal hole.

End 1st: The consensus in the press box is that the first period could not have gone any worse. Shots in the first were 18-12 Lightning, and it seemed like the Canes' deficit was double that.