RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 07: Adam Hall #18 of the Tampa Bay Lightning (R) scores at 12:32 of the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center on October 7, 2011 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Tampa Bay defeated the Hurricanes 5-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Lightning Kick Off Season With 5-1 Victory Over Hurricanes

The Lightning scored three goals in the third period on their way to a resounding 5-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in the season opener for both teams.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Win 5-1 Over Carolina Hurricanes In Season Opener

The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-1 in Friday night's season opener at the RBC Center. Twelve different Lightning players scored for the Lightning, including Steven Stamkos's two assists.

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Lightning Vs. Hurricanes: Tampa Explodes, Defeats Carolina 5-1 In Season Opener

The Tampa Bay Lightning began the 2011-12 National Hockey League season in style, scoring three goals in the third period on their way to a 5-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in the season opener for both teams.

Veterans Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier got the Lightning on the board in the second period, with Steven Stamkos assisting on both goals. Tampa scored twice in a ten second span in the third period, via a Steve Downie power play goal and Adam Hall's first goal of the season. Ryan Malone finished off the evening's scoring with a goal at the 17 minute mark of the third period.

Dwayne Roloson was stellar in goal for Tampa, stopping 32 of the 33 shots he faced. The Lightning were two of six on the power play, while holding the Hurricanes scoreless in their five power play chances

Jeff Skinner scored the lone goal for Carolina. Hurricanes netminder Cam Ward allowed five of the 34 shots he faced to light the lamp, a rough start for a season opener.

The Lightning will next take on the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins Saturday night at TD Garden.

For more on the Carolina Hurricanes, head over to SB Nation's Cane Country blog. And as always visit Raw Charge for more on the Lightning.

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Game preview: Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes

The Tampa Bay Lightning open up the 2011-2012 season on the road with five games, including Friday's season opener against Carolina on Oct. 7.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Release 2011-2012 Roster

In preparation for the season opener this Friday against the Hurricanes, the Lightning have formally trimmed their roster down to its final 23 players.

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