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Tuesday, January 22nd (All times Eastern)

Tampa Bay Lightning (1-1-0) at Carolina Hurricanes (0-1-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes certainly looked rusty in their season debut over the weekend. They hope for an improved effort on Tuesday evening in a home matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

After raising expectations this offseason by acquiring Jordan Staal from Pittsburgh in a trade and signing winger Alexander Semin, the Hurricanes opened the season on Saturday in Florida, where they were routed 5-1 by the Panthers.

Patrick Dwyer had the lone goal, while Staal and Semin combined to post three shots. Staal was credited with eight hits, while Semin took a pair of two- minute minors.

Carolina trailed 4-0 at the end of the first period and went 0-for-6 on the power play.

"That's a tough one, after the first, to come back to," said 'Canes coach Kirk Muller. "We've got to look at the positives to build on. When we played our game and stuck to the system and played it correctly, we put the momentum in our favor. There's still things we can work on to get better."

Cam Ward will certainly hope to improve after failing to make it past the first period. He faced 12 shots and yielded four goals, three of them while shorthanded.

Dan Ellis stopped 12-of-13 shots faced in two periods of relief.

"You've got to be ready for anything. There's been a lot of time off and there's going to be some rust," Ellis admitted. "It's going to take a little time to fine-tune things."

Ward is expected to start this game.

Carolina will look to rebound during a stretch of playing four of five at home. That includes Thursday against Buffalo to begin a home-and-home series.

The Lightning will open a five-game homestand on Friday after wrapping up the second of back-to-back road games on Tuesday. Tampa Bay won its home opener on Saturday, but dropped a 4-3 decision to the New York Islanders on Monday.

The Bolts yielded three goals in the second and another early in the third before netting three straight tallies of their own to close the gap. Martin St. Louis, Benoit Pouliot and Steven Stamkos all scored in the frame, but Tampa could not complete the rally.

"We know we can come back," said Stamkos. "There's a lot of cases of almost and what-ifs. We need to look at the positives in the third (period) and find a way to play that consistently throughout the game."

St. Louis and Stamkos also had assists and Anders Lindback had 40 saves in the game, which was the 1,000th in the career of Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier. He became the 29th active player to reach that milestone and just the fifth No. 1 overall pick with the team that originally drafted them.

Stamkos' goal was his first of the season after he led the NHL with 60 in 2011-12. He had five goals and three assists versus the Hurricanes last season, including a hat trick in a home victory on Dec. 31, 2011.

The clubs split six meetings last season and Tampa Bay has won five of its last seven at Carolina.

01/22 10:47:24 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
BRK 91
CHA 115
 
Final
DUKE 94
WAKE 51
 
Final
LOS 4
CWS 6
 
Final
CLE 4
CIN 2
 
Final
TEX 2
KAN 13
 
Final
SFG 2
OAK 9
 
Final
SEA 4
SDP 3
 
Final
MIL 8
WMIL 0
 
Final
COL 3
ARI 6
 
Final
MIN 3
UMIN 1
 
Final
IND 105
NYK 82
 
Final
ORL 100
PHO 105
 
Final
BRK 91
CHA 115
 
Final
TOR 112
CLE 120
 
Final
BOS 85
UTA 84
 
Final
MIN 85
DEN 100
Final
NOP 88
DET 85
 
Final
MIA 100
LAL 94
 
Final
HOU 100
MEM 102
 
Final
OKC 123
PHI 118
 
Final
SAN 112
SAC 85
 
2nd
GSW 25
MIL 19
 
1st
LAC 24
POR 27
 
Final
UNCA 80
LIB 70
 
Final
PSU 67
OSU 77
 
Final
USB 62
BING 57
 
Final
FORD 66
DUQ 81
 
Final
GMAS 51
GWU 67
 
Final
UNH 67
HART 63
 
Final
STJOE 55
LAS 50
 
Final
Terriers 79
LIU 70
 
Final
GTDNS 83
MAINE 66
 
Final
LOU 59
ND 71
 
Final
SHU 66
PROV 79
 
Final
BRY 91
SHU 85
 
Final
MORE 79
SEMIZ 74
 
Final
MNTER 58
RFLSH 73
 
Final
LSU 63
TENN 78
 
Final
SFLA 74
UCF 45
 
Final
VERM 66
UMBC 39
 
Final
RMU 91
WAGN 68
 
Final
UMASS 53
RICH 56
 
Final
TULA 63
HOU 68
 
Final
YALE 71
HOW 62
 
Final
PITT 63
MIAMI 67
 
Final
TXPA 48
NMST 69
 
Final
MSU 72
PURD 66
 
Final
STLU 48
BONA 64
 
Final
DUKE 94
WAKE 51
 
Final
TULSA 47
CIN 56
 
Final
VANDY 66
MSST 56
 
Final
OKST 82
TCU 70
 
Final
UCLA 85
USC 74
 
Final
WYO 76
UTST 53
 
2nd
MARQ 49
STJ 61
 
2nd
EILL 62
SIUE 53
 
Half
FRES 32
AFA 23
 
Half
NEV 32
COLST 41
 
Half
ILL 31
NEB 25
 
Half
SJST 21
BSU 38
 
11:00pm Tonight
ORST
OREG
11:00pm Tonight
UNLV
SDST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
UCSB
 
Final
WIN 1
OTT 3
 
Final
DET 2
NYR 1
 
1st Intermission
ANA 1
MON 0
 
1st Intermission
COL 0
PIT 0