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Fedotenko scores twice for Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Not even the referees could steal the spotlight from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Ruslan Fedotenko had two goals and Nikolai Khabibulin made 21 saves Saturday night, leading the Lightning to a 5-1 victory over the Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes.

"We didn't back down, and that's the way it's got to be,'' Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said.

The contest featured 49 penalties called by referees Marc Joannette and Don VanMassenhoven. The teams combined for 46 shots.

"There were so many of them, they all blurred into each other,'' Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said.

Tampa Bay went 3-for-11 on the power play. Carolina was 1-for-10 and has converted just two of 27 chances this season.

"So many penalties, it's hard for either team to get any flow,'' Tampa Bay defenseman Cory Sarich said.

Martin St. Louis and Dave Andreychuk had power-play goals during a three-goal first period for the Lightning (2-0), who are two-games over .500 for the first time since Oct. 29, 1996. Tampa Bay has opened the season with two consecutive wins for the first time in team history.

"Those penalties were penalties,'' St. Louis said. "If you don't call those, you lose control of the game. Then it's a free-for-all. I thought they did a good job.''

Carolina, which has lost two of its first three games, pulled goalie Arturs Irbe after he allowed three goals on eight shots in the first period.

Khabibulin lost his shutout bid with 25.3 seconds to play when
Rod Brind'Amour scored on a 5-on-3 power play.

"That's really disappointing,'' said Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier, who had three assists. "We tried to kill it off, but it didn't work.''

St. Louis scored at 6:20 of the first period. Fedotenko,
acquired from Philadelphia for Tampa Bay's first-round draft pick
during the offseason, scored his first goal with the Lightning at
12:40. Andreychuk made it 3-0 with 24.3 seconds left.

Andreychuk has 246 power-play goals in his career, three behind Phil Esposito's NHL record.

Jassen Cullimore gave Tampa Bay a 4-0 lead in the second.
Fedotenko added a power-play goal during the third period.

"Tampa played a great game,'' Maurice said. "Lots of
intensity.''

Game notes
Midway through third period, the Hurricanes had seven players in the penalty box at the same time. ... Tampa Bay LW Chris Dingman drew a five-minute match penalty for high-sticking in the
third. ... Carolina D Glen Wesley sat out his second consecutive game because of a groin injury. ... Lightning LW Fredrik Modin missed his second straight game with a groin strain. ... Andreychuk played in his 1,445th game, and is one short of tying Tim Horton for 10th place on the career list.