Final OT

Series (Game 3 of 6)

Tampa Bay leads 3-1

Game 1: Saturday, November 1st
Hurricanes3Final
Lightning4
Game 2: Sunday, November 9th
Lightning1Final
OT
Hurricanes1
Game 3: Sunday, November 23rd
Lightning0Final
OT
Hurricanes0
Game 4: Thursday, January 15th
Hurricanes4Final
Lightning5
Game 5: Wednesday, March 10th
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Hurricanes2
Game 6: Saturday, March 13th
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Lightning1

Lightning 0

(11-2-1, 26 pts)

Hurricanes 0

(5-9-0, 17 pts)

7:30 PM ET, November 23, 2003

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 OT T
TB 0 0 0 00
CAR 0 0 0 00

N. Khabibulin (Lightning - G): Saves: 37, Save Pct.: 1.000

K. Weekes (Hurricanes - G): Saves: 21, Save Pct.: 1.000

R. Brind'Amour (Hurricanes - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

'Canes power-play woes continue

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- After allowing 11 goals in two losses on a disastrous road trip, the Carolina Hurricanes were back in defensive mode Sunday night.

Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 37 shots and the Tampa Bay Lightning ran their unbeaten streak to four straight games in a 0-0 tie with Carolina.

Tampa Bay, one of the NHL's hottest teams, could muster just 21 shots, which matched a season low.

"If we need an example of how we need to play this is certainly a tape that we can watch," Carolina goaltender Kevin Weekes said. "We did a lot of good things. We were very disciplined. We killed penalties very well and our power play was moving the puck around. And we were hitting. We were just into the game."

Carolina had a goal disallowed 1:21 into overtime when officials ruled Rod Brind'Amour used a high stick to deflect the puck in.

Several of the Hurricanes disputed the call, including Weekes.

"Something must be wrong unless Rod Brind'Amour's waist is located other than where we all know it to be," Weekes said. "I don't know what happened on that call."

Khabibulin recorded his 34th career shutout and 13th with Tampa Bay, moving him ahead of Daren Puppa for the most in franchise history. He had to make eight saves in the extra period to set the mark.

Meanwhile, Weekes picked up his third shutout of the season and 16th of his career, stopping 21 shots.

The two teams tied 1-1 here two weeks ago.

There were plenty of bouncing pucks on an ice surface that was covered by a basketball floor for two games of the Jimmy V Women's Classic a few hours before the faceoff.

Carolina's last scoreless tie was last March against Los Angeles with Weekes in net. He was also in net for Tampa Bay's last 0-0 tie against Philadelphia in February 2001 before being traded to Carolina.

Carolina had plenty of chances in the first two periods but couldn't beat Khabibulin, going 0-for-6 on the power play.

The worst effort came when the Hurricanes had a five-on-three advantage for 1:09. They started it by failing to have their players on the ice in time for the faceoff, which was easily cleared down the ice by Tampa Bay.

Then, Carolina managed just three shots as one of the NHL's worst power-play units continued to struggle. The Hurricanes have been unable to convert on their last 16 chances with the man advantage.

"That five-on-three took a lot out of wind out of our sails, killing all those penalties," said Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella.

The two teams combined for just nine first-period shots, with Erik Cole hitting the post for Carolina less than two minutes in.

"I liked the way all our guys competed to a man," said Carolina coach Paul Maurice, whose club was playing its fourth game in six days. "They were dragging, you could see it in their faces 10 minutes in to the first period. But they played their butts off."

Game notes


Carolina D Glen Wesley missed his third straight game with a shoulder injury. ... Tampa Bay has allowed just eight first-period goals in 17 games. ... Martin St. Louis had his three-game assist streak snapped. ... The Lightning are the only team in the league with no man-games lost. .. Jeff O'Neill moved into fourth place on Carolina's all-time games played list with 627.

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