Barberio's 2 goals lift Lightning past Canes, into 1st-place tie

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 19, 2014
Mark Barberio scored his first two career goals and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 on Sunday to move into a tie for first place in the Atlantic Division. Ondrej Palat had a goal and two assists, and he and Barberio scored 1:23 apart during the Lightning's three-goal first period that also included a goal from Nikita Kucherov. Teddy Purcell also scored for the Lightning, who pulled even with Boston atop the division with 62 points. Ben Bishop made a career-high 48 saves for Tampa Bay. He shut out the Hurricanes in his only other two appearances in Raleigh, including a 3-0 victory on Nov. 1. Alexander Semin, Eric Staal and Ron Hainsey each scored after Carolina fell behind 4-0. Justin Peters gave up three goals on seven shots and exited with 4:53 left in the first. Anton Khudobin finished it by making 15 saves for the Hurricanes, who have lost three of four since a season-best five-game winning streak. They made this one interesting midway through the second, with Semin and Staal scoring 3:54 apart to cut their four-goal deficit in half. But Barberio followed with his second goal, a one-timer that beat Khudobin with 11:48 left in the second to put Tampa Bay up 5-2. Hainsey pulled the Hurricanes back within two goals by ripping a rebound past Bishop with 13:46 left in the third, but Bishop held off the Hurricanes the rest of the game. The Lightning continued their dominance of their former Southeast Division rivals, sweeping the three-game season series while winning their seventh in eight meetings and sixth in a row in Raleigh. They took control of this one with their three-goal first. Tampa Bay, which entered having scored a power-play goal in four straight games, wasted little time extending that streak to five by converting their first chance at 6:09. With Riley Nash in the box for tripping, Barberio took a pretty backhand, cross-net feed from Ryan Malone and slipped the puck past Peters for his first goal. Palat made it 2-0 by beating Peters with a one-timer on a rush at 7:32, and Kucherov sent Peters to the showers at 15:07 when he put a wrist shot past him. NOTES: Carolina defensemen Justin Faulk and Andrej Sekera were on the ice for all five Lightning goals. ... Tampa Bay RW Martin St. Louis, who assisted on Palat's goal, extended his point streak to eight games. ... Carolina C Manny Malhotra skated in his 900th career game.
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