Stamkos notches hat trick as Lighting thump 'Canes

Steven Stamkos recorded his second hat trick of 2 victory over Carolina on Saturday evening.

Steve Downie added a goal and two assists for the Lightning, who have won three in a row and five of seven.

Teddy Purcell also lit the lamp, while Martin St. Louis and Ryan Malone each posted three helpers to back a 24-save performance by Mathieu Garon.

Jay Harrison and Justin Faulk scored for the Hurricanes, who have lost two of three.

Cam Ward was dented for all five goals on 32 shots.