Carolina tops Tampa
Skinner, LaRose lift Hurricanes
Jeff Skinner and Chad LaRose had two goals each, lifting the Hurricanes to a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, last night in Raleigh, N.C.
Skinner, last season’s rookie of the year, has six goals and 12 points in 12 games this season.
Carolina improved to 1-2-1 against Southeast Division rivals. The Lightning opened the season with a 5-1 road victory over the Hurricanes on Oct. 7. Tampa Bay had won three straight against Carolina in Raleigh by a combined score of 15-5.
Carolina’s Cam Ward (5-2-2) made 27 saves. Tampa Bay counterpart Dwayne Roloson (2-3-1) stopped 26 shots.
Carolina outshot the Lightning, 19-7, in the first period, but the game was tied, 1-1, heading into the second.
Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead with 4:46 left when Teddy Purcell picked up the puck after Bryan Allen blocked Marc-Andre Bergeron’s shot from the high slot.
LaRose tied it with a power-play goal at 18:21. He gathered a loose puck behind Roloson off a rebound of Jay Harrison’s shot and tipped it in. LaRose’s third career power-play goal extended his scoring streak to three games.
Skinner put Carolina ahead 22 seconds into the middle period, using fancy stickwork in traffic to beat Roloson stick side from the low slot. Joni Pitkanen had the only assist on Skinner’s eighth point in eight games against the Lightning.
Carolina killed off a five-on-three power play later in the period when Eric Staal and LaRose was whistled for simultaneous penalties.
Skinner pushed the Hurricanes’ lead to 3-1 on a rush at 10:38. He took Jokinen’s pass from the left circle on the right doorstep and easily beat Roloson.
Wild 2, Red Wings 1 - Devin Setoguchi’s power-play goal 1:33 into overtime gave Minnesota a comeback win in Detroit.
Mikko Koivu also scored for Minnesota and Josh Harding stopped 36 shots.
Nicklas Lidstrom got the Red Wings’ goal and Jimmy Howard made 25 saves.
Setoguchi put in a rebound with Johan Franzen in the penalty box for goaltender interference.
Canucks 5, Flames 1 - Alexander Edler scored and added two assists while Roberto Luongo made 28 saves to help Vancouver rout host Calgary.
Chris Higgins, Alexandre Burrows, Daniel Sedin, and Cody Hodgson also scored for Vancouver, which kicked off a six-game road trip.
Alex Tanguay scored the lone goal for Calgary, ruining Luongo’s shutout bid with 32 seconds left in the game.
Luongo was coming off a miserable October in which he went 3-3-1 with a 3.54 goals-against average and an .869 save percentage.
Capitals 5, Ducks 4 - Nicklas Backstrom scored the tying goal with 42 seconds left in regulation, then added the winner at 2:18 of overtime to lift host Washington to a comeback victory over Anaheim.
The Capitals trailed, 3-0, in the second period and 4-2 with 10:47 left in regulation before rallying. It was 4-3 when Washington pulled goaltender Tomas Vokoun in the final minute, and Backstrom hammered home the rebound of a shot by Jason Chimera to force the extra session.