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Having been eliminated from playoff contention, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Carolina Hurricanes are left to try to end this season as positively as they can. So far, both clubs are having some trouble accomplishing that modest goal.
The Lightning, though, have dominated this season's matchups with the Hurricanes and will go for their first series sweep Sunday night while trying to avoid a season high-tying sixth consecutive defeat.
Tampa Bay (17-23-4) is set to miss the playoffs for the fifth time in six years and is so far heading meekly into the end of the season. The Lightning are 1-5-2 since April 6 and 0-3-2 in their past five games.
They've struggled mightily at killing penalties lately, allowing opponents to score power-play goals in each of the last six games while going 9 for 27 with the man advantage.
Tampa Bay gave up the go-ahead goal while down a man with 47 seconds left in Thursday's 3-2 loss to Montreal, but coach Jon Cooper was pleased with his team's effort in the finale to a four-game trip.
"I haven't been here that long, but that was the best game we've played from start to finish" said Cooper, who is 3-5-3 since replacing Guy Boucher. " Unfortunately, we're on the negative end of the score. But if you can play consistently the way we did, we're going to win more games than we lose."
The Lightning might have a good chance at a better result against the Hurricanes. Tampa Bay has outscored its Southeast Division rivals 18-4 over this season's four meetings and routed them 5-0 in the most recent matchup April 4 in Carolina. The Lightning won 4-1 in the only meeting in Tampa Bay this season on March 16.
The Hurricanes (17-24-3) don't appear poised for a different result as they're 2-15-2 since March 13. They've been outscored 73-36 over that stretch, which has come while starting goaltender Cam Ward has been out with a knee injury.
Justin Peters made a career-high seventh consecutive start and stopped 33 shots in Saturday's 5-3 home loss to Philadelphia. The defense hasn't made things easy on Peters, as the Hurricanes are allowing an average of 33.3 shots in their last seven games.
"That's what we have to learn is to be mentally ready every night," coach Kirk Muller said. "We didn't have that tempo that we should."
Carolina has also been outscored 20-9 during a 0-4-1 skid on the road and will have to face two players who are chasing the NHL points lead. Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis are both three points behind injured leader Sidney Crosby.
Stamkos and St. Louis each have a team-best five points in this season's series. Both players have totaled one goal and four assists.
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If there was anything the Hurricanes were long overdue for, it was an ugly win. During this brutal 20-game stretch, the Canes have lost in just about every way imaginable and it didn't matter how good or bad they played. They were plenty of games where the Canes were just awful and deserved to lose (including last night's stinker against the Flyers), but there were also a...
Jiri Tlusty scored two first-period goals and Dan Ellis stopped 34 shots to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night.
Alexander Semin scored 16 seconds into the game for the Hurricanes, who jumped ahead 3-0 and held on for their first victory against the Lightning this season.
Semin, who also had two assists, took a feed in the...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Jiri Tlusty scored two first-period goals and Dan Ellis stopped 34 shots to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night.
Alexander Semin scored 16 seconds into the game for the Hurricanes, who jumped ahead 3-0 and held on for their first victory against the Lightning this season. Semin took a feed in the slot from...
By Lauren Brownlow
Less than 24 hours after dropping a 5-3 home decision to the Flyers, the Carolina Hurricanes avoided a season sweep at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 3-2 win. Both teams had already been eliminated from the playoffs.
But on Saturday night, the Hurricanes glumly packed up their equipment bags after yet another home defeat, preparing to fly to Tampa...
Sunday night consisted of yet another early deficit, another spirited comeback, and ultimately another loss for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Despite showing some heart late in the contest, the Boltsâ early mistakes cost them a shot at victory and sealed the deal on a 3-2 victory for the Carolina Hurricanes.
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25 even strengths on goal. That is all the Carolina Hurricanes could muster up tonight against the Flyers in what felt like a grueling loss even though the final score ended up only 5-3. Both teams had been officially eliminated from playoff contention last night, so a win or loss doesn't mean a whole lot tonight right now but the team's compete level and play at even strength...
Last night in Raleigh, the Philadelphia Flyers beat up on a Carolina Hurricanes team that must really want a guaranteed top-four pick in the NHL Draft and the third-highest odds of winning the Draft lottery a week from tomorrow. Losers of 10 of their last 11 games (1-9-1), the Hurricanes were content to leave Justin Peters to fend for himself all night...
A day after being formally eliminated from playoff consideration, the Flyers head to Carolina to face the Hurricanes, four games away from the end of a disappointing season.
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In a matchup of two Draft lottery-bound teams, the 24th-ranked Philadelphia Flyers (19-22-3) are on the road tonight to take on the 28th-place Carolina Hurricanes (17-23-3). The game starts at 7:00 p.m. and will broadcast locally on CSN Philly.
This is the third and final meeting between the teams this season and the lone game in Carolina. The teams last...
(Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images) Game: Carolina Hurricanes (17-23-3) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (19-22-3) Location: PNC Arena (Raleigh, North Carolina) Time: 7:00PM TV: CSN Philly Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic Previous Game: On Thursday night, the Philadelphia Flyers were shut out by the struggling New Jersey Devils. In a game which ended by a final of 3-0, Ilya Bryzgalov recorded a [...]