Final OT

Series (Game 2 of 6)

Tampa Bay leads 3-1

Game 1: Saturday, November 1st
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Game 2: Sunday, November 9th
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OT
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Game 3: Sunday, November 23rd
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OT
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Game 4: Thursday, January 15th
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Lightning5
Game 5: Wednesday, March 10th
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Game 6: Saturday, March 13th
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Lightning 1

(8-1-1, 19 pts)

Hurricanes 1

(4-5-0, 13 pts)

5:00 PM ET, November 9, 2003

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

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TB 1 0 0 01
CAR 0 1 0 01

J. Grahame (Lightning - G): Saves: 38, Save Pct.: .974

M. Murray (Hurricanes - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

S. Hill (Hurricanes - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

'Canes outshot Lightning 38-22

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Carolina Hurricanes caught a break not having to face goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. Still, the Tampa Bay Lightning didn't miss a beat with John Grahame in net.

Grahame, giving Khabibulin a game off, stopped 38 shots in a 1-1 tie Sunday with the Hurricanes. Tampa Bay has allowed an NHL-low 20 goals in 12 games.

"Grahame was in a zone," Carolina's Jesse Boulerice said.

"He is big and covers a lot of net and he's played well for them all year," added Marty Murray, who scored his first goal in a Carolina uniform. "There are no poor goalies in the league any more, but there are some special ones like Khabibulin."

Grahame has stopped 88 of 91 shots in backup duty.

"We just came out flat today and I guess that's what a goalie is there to do, to bail the guys out," Grahame said.

Tampa Bay was coming off a 9-0 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday night, but didn't generate much offense against the tight-checking Hurricanes. The Lightning were outshot 38-22 in regulation.

The shot total was a season-high for Carolina, 2-0-1 in its last three home games.

But Tampa Bay outshot Carolina 4-1 in overtime and couldn't beat Jamie Storr.

"We took the play to them for the majority of the game and to come up with only a tie, I think they feel pretty lucky over there," Hurricanes forward Jeff O'Neill said.

With the score tied, O'Neill and Josef Vasicek missed on great chances within a 12-second span early in the third when Grahame left his crease and got caught out of the net. But O'Neill couldn't control a bouncing puck, and the Tampa Bay goalie got back in time to deny Vasicek.

Murray, who came to Carolina from Philadelphia in the offseason, scored midway through the second to tie it 1-1, tipping in a shot from the point by Sean Hill.

Before Murray's goal, the Hurricanes held a 23-7 shots advantage and peppered Grahame with 30 shots through two periods.

"I thought John Grahame was unbelievable," Storr said. "It was probably one of the best games I've seen a goalie play, but in the end we found a way to get something out of it."

Carolina carried the play in the first period with 16 shots on Grahame, but fell behind 1-0 with two minutes left when Cory Stillman converted on the game's first power-play opportunity.

Grahame kept his team in the lead a minute later when he stopped rookie Eric Staal, who scored Carolina's overtime goal Saturday night, on a good scoring chance from in close.

"We didn't play as hard as we usually do," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "It's a lesson learned for us."

Game Notes: Carolina leading scorer Erik Cole missed the game because of a right elbow injury sustained against Los Angeles on Saturday night. ... Stillman's eighth goal tied him for the team lead with Vincent Lecavalier. ... Tampa Bay has allowed just six first-period goals in 12 games. ... The Hurricanes drew under 10,000 for the third time in seven home games.

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