Final

Series (Game 5 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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Hurricanes 3

(38-13-4, 80 pts)

Lightning 5

(31-22-4, 66 pts)

7:30 PM ET, February 9, 2006

Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

1 2 3 T
CAR 2 1 03
TB 2 1 25

F. Modin (Lightning - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

J. Grahame (Lightning - G): Saves: 28, Save Pct.: 1.000

E. Cole (Hurricanes - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Carolina (38-12-4) at Tampa Bay (30-22-4) 7:30 pm EST

Carolina (38-12-4) at Tampa Bay (30-22-4) 7:30 pm EST

TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) - In order to extend their lead on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Southeast Division, the Carolina Hurricanes must find a way to pick up a few more wins against the defending champions.

The Lightning try to avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time in more than a month and continue their success against the Hurricanes when the teams face off Thursday.

Tampa Bay, which has not lost consecutive games since January 5-7, is coming off a 7-4 pounding at the hands of New Jersey on Tuesday. Vincent Lecavalier scored two goals and Brad Richards added a pair of assists for the Lightning, who had won eight of their last 10 games.

The Lightning try to bounce back against a Hurricanes team that they have beaten three times in four previous meetings this season.

In the last matchup on December 26, defenseman Dan Boyle scored with 34 seconds remaining in overtime to give Tampa Bay a 5-4 win. Erik Cole and Eric Staal each had a goal and an assist for Carolina, which has only two wins in the last 15 meetings.

The Hurricanes are coming off their 15th win in 17 games, a 4-3 shootout victory at Boston on Sunday. Staal collected a goal and an assist in regulation and newcomer Doug Weight netted the game-winner in the shootout.

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