NHL Game Night 12/6: Hurricanes at Lightning

And the Southeast Division re-tightens.

CAR-1
TB-2

Johan Holmqvist was outstanding stopping 23 of 24 shots for the win.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
Tampa Bay 16:00, Vincent Lecavalier 19 (power play) (Brad Richards, Martin St. Louis)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 12:45, Martin St. Louis 10 (power play) (Vincent Lecavalier, Filip Kuba)
Carolina 19:46, Cory Stillman 16 (David Tanabe, Eric Staal)

The Lightning pull back to within 5 points of first place in the division and they hold a game in hand on the Canes. My expectation going into this season was that the Lightning and Canes would be the division's playoff representatives and probably battle for the division crown to the bitter end of the regular season. I've seen nothing to dissuade me from that notion. Carolina has had opportunities to bury the Lightning in the standings, but head to head Tampa dominates.

Mathuey Darche was -1 in 17:51 with 5 hits and 2 blocked shots.

Mike Lundin was even in 14:12 with 2 shots on goal.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.