Carolina scores 4 in 1st, belt Lightning, 5-2

11:04 PM, Jan 12, 2012   |    comments
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Jiri Tlusty had two goals and an assist, Tuomo Ruutu added a goal and two assists, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 on Thursday night.

Tlusty scored twice during Carolina's four-goal first, helping the Hurricanes take a 4-1 lead.

Jay Harrison and Tim Brent also scored for the Hurricanes, who had lost four of five. Eric Staal had three assists, giving him 301 in his career.

Tampa Bay got goals from Nate Thompson and Teddy Purcell. The Lightning (0-4-1) are winless in their past five games.

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