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Hurricanes Top Lightning 5-2 in Preseason Opener

The Canes celebrate when a Caleb Jones shot finds the back of the net. (photo by James Jackson)

The Carolina Hurricanes started off their preseason with a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night at the PNC.

The team, which many predict to win the Cup this season, had five different scorers.

Goaltenders Frederik Andersen and Pyotr Kochetkov combined for the win. Each of them allowed one goal.

After falling behind 1-0, Japlen Halbgewachs tied it up just eight seconds later. A couple of minutes after that, Caleb Jones found the back of the net and the home team never looked back.

Tony DeAngelo scored a goal on a rocket of a shot from the point and added an assist as well. After the game he had high praise for his defensive partner of the game, newcomer Dmitry Orlov.

“He was great, really solid......You can’t ask for much more in a partner!”

Noel Gunler and Kieffer Bellows finished up the scoring for Carolina.

Coach Brind’Amour said after the game that it wasn’t the prettiest game ever but it is always nice to win. When asked if anyone stood out to him, he mentioned that he was impressed with second round pick, Felix Unger-Sorum.

“Well I thought the youngest kid on the ice was good.”

Unger-Sorum recently turned 18.

The Canes get right back to it against the Florida Panthers on Wednesday night.