Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 1/22/13
Game time:7 p.m. ETTV: Sun Sports The Carolina Hurricanes couldn't get much going in their first game in more than nine months. Maybe they'll get energized by beginning their home schedule against a Southeast Division rival. Carolina opens a stretch of four of five on its own ice Tuesday night against a Tampa Bay Lightning club trying to avoid back-to-back road losses. Back from the extended NHL lockout, the Hurricanes had a rough start in what they're hoping is their first playoff season in four years, losing 5-1 to Florida on Saturday. "I think we just had guys wanting to do so much and do so well and they were so excited that it backfired," coach Kirk Muller told the Hurricanes' official website Monday. "I think the guys will respond tomorrow." Muller is confident that Cam Ward will have a better showing after he surrendered four first-period goals and was replaced by Dan Ellis, who stopped 12 of 13 shots in his first appearance since Dec. 29, 2011, with Anaheim. Ward went 12-3-3 with a 1.98 goals-against average in his last 18 home starts last season, but the Hurricanes finished with their fewest wins in Raleigh (20) since 2003-04. "I think what's important is that (Ward) bounces back mentally," Muller said. "I said (to him), 'Forget about it. It's done.'" The Lightning (1-1-0) are taking the same approach following Monday's 4-3 road loss to the New York Islanders. Tampa Bay allowed three goals in the second period and trailed 4-0 early in the third before scoring three unanswered goals to end the game. The Lightning, though, failed on three power-play chances after finishing 3 for 7 in Saturday's 6-3 home win over Washington. "We gave in a little too much, maybe, in the second period. That made the difference," said center Vincent Lecavalier, who played in his 1,000th game - all with Tampa Bay. The Lightning, whose 13 road wins last season tied Carolina for the fewest in the Eastern Conference, went 2-1-0 visiting the Hurricanes in 2011-12. Teddy Purcell, Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos each registered four points in those games. That trio is off to a quick start in 2012-13. Purcell has set up three scores, St. Louis leads the club with three goals and five points and Stamkos has four points after recording his first goal and an assist Monday. Five of Stamkos' NHL-leading 60 goals last season came against Carolina. Captain Eric Staal led the Hurricanes with seven points (all assists) as these teams split six matchups in 2011-12. Staal's younger brother, Jordan, scored three goals in three games against Tampa Bay last season while with Pittsburgh. In his Hurricanes debut Saturday, the younger Staal took two shots and posted a minus-2 rating. "It was a little bit of nerves coming out," he admitted. Tampa Bay center Cory Conacher hasn't been overwhelmed at all, recording back-to-back two-point games to begin his NHL career. New Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback lost 4-3 in his only appearance at Carolina last Feb. 28 while with Nashville.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Bryce Harper has great response to $400 million contract question

Cavs discussed three-team deal that would net them Melo

Celtics reportedly discussing Kevin Love trade

New York Giants to pursue Matt Forte?

Joe Mauer to try wearing sunglasses to improve pitch tracking

Charles Woodson joining ESPN's 'Sunday NFL Countdown' team

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

A’s land Khris Davis from Brewers for prospects

Family of deceased Kyle Field construction worker awarded $53 million by jury

Chris Bosh to miss All-Star Game with calf injury, Al Horford to replace

NBA commissioner Adam Silver supports bringing sports betting in to the light

Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia becomes first player ever banned by MLB for PEDs

Eight bold predictions for NBA All-Star Weekend

Why the Virginia Cavaliers are a National Championship contender

Cardiff City owner tells team to shoot more, because ugly men can marry beautiful women

Report: American Pharoah will make $35 million as stud in 2016

City hosts Tottenham in Valentine’s Day clash

Ranking the ten best free agent pitcher signings

Is there a place for Aaron Hill with the Brewers?

The market for forwards may shape the NHL trade deadline

Who had the best NBA All-Star Game of the last 40 years?

The winners and losers of the 2016 MLB offseason

The most intriguing NBA story lines for the rest of the season

Report: Timberwolves ‘lament’ Andrew Wiggins missing weight-lifting sessions

Kevin Durant to the Warriors makes little sense

City of Atlanta, Braves fighting over iconic Hank Aaron statue

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Ranking the ten best free agent pitcher signings

Who had the best NBA All-Star Game of the last 40 years?

The winners and losers of the 2016 MLB offseason

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker