Lightning Strike Down Hurricanes

Standard Spin: Carolina's mission was simple. Win and they were in, but their playoff dreams are now dead with a 6-2 loss, and the real winners are the New York Rangers, who snuck into the final playoff spot thanks to the Hurricanes' loss. Martin St. Louis led the way for Tampa Bay with 3-points, and Vincent Lecavalier, Simon Gagne, and Tedd Purcell each had two points apiece. Steve Stamkos also potted a goal. The 'Canes will hit the golf course. (Apr.9)