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Stars sit in 5-2 loss to Hurricanes

By TOM JONES
Published September 23, 2005


RALEIGH, N.C. - Playing more prospects than regulars, the Lightning dropped its second straight preseason game Thursday night.

Without stars Marty St. Louis, Brad Richards and Vinny Lecavalier, the Lightning lost to the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 at the RBC Center. The crowd was announced at 6,654, but there appeared to be fewer than 2,000 actually in attendance for a game that had little intensity.

Dmitry Afanasenkov and Darryl Sydor scored power-play goals for the Lightning, which never led and was outshot 30-17. Lightning goalie John Grahame made 25 saves.

In the shootout after the game, the Hurricanes used four shooters to beat the Lightning 2-1. Marek Kvapil scored the lone Lightning goal, while Vinny Prospal, Dan Boyle and Afanasenkov were stopped by Carolina goalie Martin Gerber.

A GOOD IDEA FOR LATER: Speaking of the shootout, Lightning goalie Sean Burke likes the idea, just not in the preseason.

All preseason games are ending in shootouts regardless of the score.

"I think it's great for the fans, and it's exciting," Burke said. "I'm not so sure about doing it in the preseason, whether the game is tied or not. We've already seen an injury."

Phoenix goalie Brian Boucher injured his groin last week trying to stop a shootout attempt and was expected to miss most of the preseason. But Burke agrees it's a good idea for the regular season.

"It's the most exciting play in hockey," Burke said. "No one wants to see a tie."

Lecavalier added, "You pay that amount of money to see a hockey game, you want to see a winner."

TEN SPOT: Former Lightning tough guy Jim Cummins is in Carolina's camp on a tryout. If he makes the Hurricanes roster, he will become the third player in history to play for 10 teams. The others also have Lightning ties.

Defenseman Michel Petit played with the Lightning during the 1995-96 season, while J.J. Daigneault was in the inaugural Lightning camp but never appeared in a game for Tampa Bay.

Cummins played 14 games with the Lightning over two seasons (1993-95). In fact, he was acquired from Philadelphia in a trade for Rob DiMaio, who is back with the Lightning.

"Some people might look at being a journeyman as a curse," Cummins told the Raleigh News & Observer. "But it has been an awesome ride for me. We've lived all over the country, made a million friends. It has been a great experience."