Grahame, giving Khabibulin a game off, stopped 38 shots in a 1-1
tie Sunday with the Hurricanes. Tampa Bay has allowed an NHL-low 20
goals in 12 games.
"Grahame was in a zone," Carolina's Jesse Boulerice said.
"He is big and covers a lot of net and he's played well for
them all year," added Marty Murray, who scored his first goal in a
Carolina uniform. "There are no poor goalies in the league any
more, but there are some special ones like Khabibulin."
Grahame has stopped 88 of 91 shots in backup duty.
"We just came out flat today and I guess that's what a goalie
is there to do, to bail the guys out," Grahame said.
Tampa Bay was coming off a 9-0 victory over Pittsburgh on
Saturday night, but didn't generate much offense against the
tight-checking Hurricanes. The Lightning were outshot 38-22 in
The shot total was a season-high for Carolina, 2-0-1 in its last
three home games.
But Tampa Bay outshot Carolina 4-1 in overtime and couldn't beat
"We took the play to them for the majority of the game and to
come up with only a tie, I think they feel pretty lucky over
there," Hurricanes forward Jeff O'Neill said.
With the score tied, O'Neill and Josef Vasicek missed on great
chances within a 12-second span early in the third when Grahame
left his crease and got caught out of the net. But O'Neill couldn't
control a bouncing puck, and the Tampa Bay goalie got back in time
to deny Vasicek.
Murray, who came to Carolina from Philadelphia in the offseason,
scored midway through the second to tie it 1-1, tipping in a shot
from the point by Sean Hill.
Before Murray's goal, the Hurricanes held a 23-7 shots advantage
and peppered Grahame with 30 shots through two periods.
"I thought John Grahame was unbelievable," Storr said. "It
was probably one of the best games I've seen a goalie play, but in
the end we found a way to get something out of it."
Carolina carried the play in the first period with 16 shots on
Grahame, but fell behind 1-0 with two minutes left when Cory
Stillman converted on the game's first power-play opportunity.
Grahame kept his team in the lead a minute later when he stopped
rookie Eric Staal, who scored Carolina's overtime goal Saturday
night, on a good scoring chance from in close.
"We didn't play as hard as we usually do," Tampa Bay coach
John Tortorella said. "It's a lesson learned for us."
Game Notes: Carolina leading scorer Erik Cole missed the game because
of a right elbow injury sustained against Los Angeles on Saturday
night. ... Stillman's eighth goal tied him for the team lead with
Vincent Lecavalier. ... Tampa Bay has allowed just six first-period
goals in 12 games. ... The Hurricanes drew under 10,000 for the
third time in seven home games.