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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Tampa Bay goalie Mathieu Garon made 35 saves in his season debut as the Lightning picked up goals from four players in a 4-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night at PNC Arena.

The Hurricanes (0-2) have won only their fourth home opener in 15 years since the franchise relocated to North Carolina. Carolina lost its season opener 5-1 Saturday at Florida.

The Lightning, who lost Monday on the road to the New York Islanders, struck with first-period goals from Tom Pyatt and Cory Conacher.

Conacher has points in all three games this season for Tampa Bay (2-1).

Jeff Skinner's power-play goal early in the second period allowed the Hurricanes to close within 2-1. Jordan Staal assisted on the play for his first point with the team since arriving in an offseason trade from Pittsburgh.

Tampa Bay's Keith Aulie tallied less than two minutes into the third period to curtail Carolina's short-lived momentum before teammate Ryan Malone added a power-play goal midway through the third period. Malone's goal came when the Hurricanes' defense shifted out of position.

Garon was busiest in the third period, stopping all 15 shots.

The Hurricanes went with goalie Cam Ward even though he was pulled after one period of the opener, when he surrendered four goals. He had trouble again in the first period, making only six saves on eight shots. He finished the night with 22 saves.

NOTES: Former NHL Rookie of the Year Jeff Skinner was moved off a line with center Staal as the Hurricanes reworked combinations from the opener. Skinner and Staal were both minus-2 in plus/minus in the opener. ... Tampa Bay used defenseman Brian Lee and center Dana Tyrell for their first action of the season in the third game. ... Forward Kevin Westgarth, who was acquired about a week earlier from the Los Angeles Kings, made his Carolina debut after he was a healthy scratch for the opener. Westgarth, who lives in Raleigh and had worked out with some of the Hurricanes during the lockout, is a son-in-law of former NFL coach Bill Cowher. ... Tampa Bay and Carolina split six games last season, with the Lightning winning once in overtime. ... This is the second year in a row that Carolina's home opener came against Tampa Bay. Standing-room-only tickets were sold for the game. ... The Lightning begins a five-game homestand Friday night, with Ottawa the first opponent during that stretch. Carolina plays Thursday against the Sabres, the start of a home-and-home series that concludes Friday in Buffalo.
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