'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

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

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 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

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

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

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