Final

Series (Game 3 of 8)

Tampa Bay leads 5-3

Game 1: Wednesday, October 5th
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Game 2: Sunday, November 20th
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Game 3: Tuesday, December 20th
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Game 4: Monday, December 26th
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OT
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Game 5: Thursday, February 9th
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Game 6: Monday, March 27th
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Game 7: Friday, April 14th
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SO
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Game 8: Saturday, April 15th
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OT
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Lightning 4

(18-13-3, 39 pts)

Hurricanes 6

(22-9-2, 46 pts)

7:00 PM ET, December 20, 2005

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 T
TB 2 2 04
CAR 3 1 26

E. Staal (Hurricanes - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

J. Williams (Hurricanes - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

R. DiMaio (Lightning - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Tampa Bay (18-12-3) at Carolina (21-9-2) 7:00 pm EST

Tampa Bay (18-12-3) at Carolina (21-9-2) 7:00 pm EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) - Vincent Lecavalier and the Tampa Bay Lightning look to make a statement in the Southeast Division when they visit the first-place Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

Since a 5-2 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers on November 11 that dropped their record to 7-9-2, the Lightning have won 11 of their last 15 games to climb within five points of the Hurricanes in the division standings.

Tampa Bay suffered a setback in its resurgence on Saturday, dropping a 6-3 decision to the Detroit Red Wings.

Lecavalier failed to register a point in the contest and had his six-game points streak snapped. The 25-year-old had collected three goals and five assists over the course of his recent hot stretch.

Goaltender John Grahame struggled through one of his worst outings of the season Saturday, stopping just 19-of-24 shots before being pulled in the third period.

Grahame, who was selected on Monday by Team USA to participate in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, has lost two consecutive decisions after winning nine straight.

The Hurricanes hope to break through against a Lightning squad that has won the first two meetings between the division rivals this season.

On Saturday, Carolina improved to 3-0 on its five-game homestand with a 4-1 triumph over the New Jersey Devils.

Eric Staal registered a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who improved to 12-4-0 at home this season.

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