Series (Game 5 of 6)

Tampa Bay leads 3-1

Game 1: Saturday, November 1st
Game 2: Sunday, November 9th
Game 3: Sunday, November 23rd
Game 4: Thursday, January 15th
Game 5: Wednesday, March 10th
Game 6: Saturday, March 13th

Lightning 4

(40-17-5, 93 pts)

Hurricanes 2

(22-30-4, 61 pts)

7:00 PM ET, March 10, 2004

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 T
TB 2 0 24
CAR 1 1 02

D. Boyle (Lightning - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

D. Andreychuk (Lightning - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

K. Adams (Hurricanes - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Tampa Bay (39-17-8-5) at Carolina (22-29-13-4) 7:00 pm EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- After clinching their second consecutive Southeast Division title, the Tampa Bay Lightning try to run their unbeaten streak to 10 games when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night.

Tampa Bay clinched the Southeast with a 1-1 tie against the Detroit Red Wings on Monday. Fredrik Modin's goal with 7:21 to go in the third period and Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 28 shots for Tampa Bay, which had a team-record eight-game winning streak snapped.

The Lightning made just the second postseason appearance in franchise history in 2003 and won a playoff series for the first time, defeating the Washington Capitals in six games in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Tampa Bay, which is 12-0-2-2 since a 3-1 loss at Washington on February 3, is one point in front of Philadelphia for the lead in the Eastern Conference.

Carolina has won two of its last three games after Monday's 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Arturs Irbe made 27 saves and defenseman Aaron Ward scored twice as Carolina improved to 5-2-2-2 in its last 11 games. In three appearances since being recalled from Johnstown of the ECHL, Irbe has allowed just five goals and is 2-0-1.

Tampa Bay leads the season series, 2-0-2, posting a pair of one-goal victories. In the last matchup, Martin St. Louis recorded his second career hat trick to lead the Lightning to a 5-4 home win on January 15.