x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Hurricanes wreck Tocchet's big day

Tuomo Ruutu and Rod Brind'Amour scored shootout goals to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay and spoil the new Lightning coach Rick Tocchet's debut on Sunday.

Tuomo Ruutu and Rod Brind'Amour scored shootout goals to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay and spoil the new Lightning coach Rick Tocchet's debut on Sunday. The victory ended a three-game losing streak for the Hurricanes and produced a fourth consecutive loss for the Lightning, who had fired their coach Barry Melrose on Friday. "We played with a lot of emotion and that is something that we desperately needed," the Carolina netminder Cam Ward, who stopped 26 shots, said.

Tampa Bay went two ahead in the second period thanks to goals by Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier, before Wade Brookbank and Brind'Amour scored for Carolina. Brind'Amour got the equaliser 15:37 into the second quarter to force the game into a shootout in which Carolina prevailed. * Reuters