Final

Series (Game 6 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 1

(38-29-5, 81 pts)

Hurricanes 2

(47-18-6, 100 pts)

7:00 PM ET, March 27, 2006

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

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TB 0 1 01
CAR 1 1 02

M. Recchi (Hurricanes - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

C. Stillman (Hurricanes - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

C. LaRose (Hurricanes - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Tampa Bay (38-28-5) at Carolina (46-18-6) 7:00 pm EST

Tampa Bay (38-28-5) at Carolina (46-18-6) 7:00 pm EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning look to continue their late-season climb through the Eastern Conference standings when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.

The defending Stanley Cup champions, the Lightning have won four of their last five and appear to be hitting their stride as the postseason draws closer.

Brad Richards registered two assists and scored the deciding goal in the shootout Saturday as Tampa Bay rallied for a 4-3 victory.

Defenseman Cory Sarich scored his first goal of the season to forge a 3-3 tie late in the second period for the Lightning, who battled back from an early 3-1 deficit.

Tampa Bay has had its way with Carolina this season, winning four of the first five meetings between the Southeast Division rivals.

The Lightning hope to continue that trend Monday against a Hurricanes team which has dropped three of four, including a 3-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

Captain Rod Brind'Amour scored the lone goal for Carolina, which leads Tampa Bay by 17 points for the top spot in the division.

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