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Lightning open season with rout of Hurricanes

Steve Downie, Adam Hall and Ryan Malone each period goal, as the Tampa Bay Lightning opened the regular 1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier also scored for the Lightning, who lost the Eastern Conference Finals in seven games against eventual Stanley Cup champion Boston a season ago.

Dwayne Roloson registered 32 saves for the victors.

Prior to their deep postseason run, the Lightning eliminated Carolina from playoff contention with a 6-2 victory on the final day of the 2010-11 regular season.

The Hurricanes were denied a measure of revenge Friday, as Jeff Skinner tallied the team's lone goal during the first period.

Cam Ward stopped 29 shots.