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Associated Press
10/28/2006 9:57:34 PM


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Eric Staal and Scott Walker each scored two goals and the Carolina Hurricanes set a franchise record with three scores in 43 seconds Saturday night to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-4.

Kevyn Adams and Erik Cole also scored for the Hurricanes, who led almost the entire way in a matchup of the past two Stanley Cup champions. Rod Brind'Amour added three assists, while Cam Ward finished with 19 saves.

Vincent Lecavalier and Vaclav Prospal each had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, while Ruslan Fedotenko and Martin St. Louis also scored.

The Hurricanes took control early, outshooting the Lightning 13-2 in the first period and chasing Marc Denis early in the second after scoring four goals on 17 shots en route to a season-high scoring output. And it all began with that record-setting flurry in the first 20 minutes.

On the first goal, Staal took a pass along the boards from Justin Williams and beat Denis from the right faceoff circle on the power play to make it 1-1 at 8:23 of the period.

On the ensuing faceoff, Dan Boyle whiffed on a pass in his own end, sending the puck directly to Craig Adams. Denis stopped Adams in close, but Kevyn Adams got to the rebound and pushed it into the net just 9 seconds later.

Then, with the Hurricanes pushing up ice, Cole dropped a pass to Ray Whitney on the right side, then got the puck back at the left post for a give-and-go goal at 9:06 to make it 3-1.

The three-goal burst beat the previous franchise record of 63 seconds set by the Hartford Whalers against Toronto in January 1987. The NHL record for fastest three goals is 20 seconds by the Boston Bruins against Vancouver on Feb. 25, 1971.

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