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Jordan Staal scored a power-play goal six minutes into overtime, and the Hurricanes beat the Lightning 3-2 in Game 3 of their second-round playoff series at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
It was the first victory of the best-of-seven series for Carolina, which trails Tampa Bay two games to one.
Brayden Point and Alex Killorn scored on the power play as Tampa Bay rallied from a two-goal, second-period deficit to tie the game at 2.
Brett Pesce and Aho scored earlier in the period to give Carolina a 2-0 lead. The teams combined for the first three goals in a 3:42 stretch.
The Hurricanes made a change at goaltender, with veteran Petr Mrazek replacing rookie Alex Nedeljkovic, who started the first two games. Injured Vincent Trocheck also was out of the Hurricanes’ lineup.
Here’s how it happened:
The Lightning will have 53 seconds remaining on the power play to start the period
Mrazek saves a Point backhader
Mrazek stops a Kucherov wrist shot
Mrazek saves a Killorn wrist shot
Hurricanes kill the penalty
Stamkos misses wide on a one-timer from the left circle
Mrazek saves Point chance from in front
Kucherov shot from left circle hits the outside of the post
Kucherov penalized for holding the stick
Lightning get a block from Cernak of a Teravainen shot and clear the zone
Cirelli shorthanded chance deflects off Hamilton
HURRICANES WIN: A Sebastian Aho shot from the left circle goes off Jordan Staal on the power play, and Carolina wins.
Carolina down to 11 forwards as Foegele returns to the dressing room and is ruled out for the remainder of the game
Mrazek saves Coleman shot from between the circles after a give-and-go with Gourde
Mrazek makes a skate save after Palat flings the puck to the net
Cirelli knocked down by Hamilton while carrying the puck in the Carolina zone
Puck goes off the toe of Aho’s stick after a pass into the slot from Teravainen
Cirelli blocks Pesce shot from the point
Mrazek swallows up Gourde shot from the high slot
Vasilevskiy stops Jordan Staal, who got in all alone on the Lightning goaltender
Aho nearly gets free in the Lightning zone, but Teravainen’s pass is too far ahead of him
Lightning go on the power play with 1:08 remaining as Killorn gets inside position on Hamilton and draws a tripping penalty
Staal carries the puck into the Lightning zone and nearly creates a scoring opportunity
Mrazek makes two big saves in the closing seconds, first on a quick Kucherov shot from the right circle, then a blast from Stamkos from the left circle
(Lightning and Hurricanes tied at 2 after regulation)
Vasilevskiy makes three quick saves to start the period, including a wraparound attempt from Foegele
Svechnikov shot blocked by Ryan McDonagh
Svechnikov shot from the right circle ricochets off Vasilevskiy
McDonagh blocks another shot and the Lightning exit their zone
Brett Pesce, who went to the Carolina dressing room late in the first period, is back on the ice
Jan Rutta misses wide on a blast from the right circle
Gourde steals puck from Foegele in the Lightning zone
Teravainen blocks shot from the slot from Goodrow
HURRICANES SCORE: Carolina takes first lead of the series on Brett Pesce shot from above the right circle over top of Ondrej Palat. It’s the first even-strength goal allowed by Vasilevskiy since Game 5 of the first round. Hurricanes 1, Lightning 0.
HURRICANES GOAL: Aho scores on a breakaway. Jaccob Slavin sprung Aho with a stretch pass from the Carolina zone that appeared to go through Teuvo Teravainen’s skates at center ice. Aho got behind Nikita Kucherov and beat Vasilevskiy between the legs. Hurricanes 2, Lightning 0.
Aho penalized for cross-checking Ondrej Palat in front of the Carolina net
LIGHTNING GOAL! Brayden Point scores on the power play. Hedman keeps the puck in the zone and gets it to Point, who gives it to Kucherov. Kucherov passes across the ice to Stamkos, who returns the pass, and Kucherov sets up Point in front of the net. Hurricanes 2, Lightning 1.
Vasilevskiy stops Geekie from in front.
Goodrow in apparent pain on the bench after blocking a shot
The Lightning go back on the power play, as Brady Skjei is penalized for hooking Blake Coleman with 4:08 to play in the period
LIGHTNING SCORE! Alex Killorn scores from in front 25 seconds into the power play after a feed from Kucherov, who retrieved his own rebound. Lightning 2, Hurricanes 2.
Foegele heads to the locker room after a high hit from Cernak in the neutral zone
(Lightning and Hurricanes are tied 2-2 after two periods)
Erik Cernak knocks down Brady Skjei behind the Lightning net
Warren Foegele on backcheck stops a potential breakaway
Morgan Geekie tip-in saved by Vasilevskiy
Vasilevskiy stops backhand attempt from Steven Lorentz
Victor Hedman steals the puck in the Carolina zone and shoots from the left circle. Mrazek makes the save
Mikhail Sergachev blocks Geekie shot from high in the right circle after a turnover by Luke Schenn
Yanni Gourde wrist shot saved by Mrazek
Mrazek stops a trailing Hedman from the left circle on a 3-on-2
Hakanpaa misses wide of the net
Mrazek stops backhand shot by Brayden Point
Sergachev shot blocked by Jesper Fast
Mrazek stops wraparound chance from Anthony Cirelli, and Steven Stamkos can’t get to the rebound
Cirelli goes hard to the net and Stamkos has a chance from the low slot by Mrazek makes the save
After Vasilevskiy saves Andrei Svechnikov shot from the right circle, Dougie Hamilton shoots wide from the point, and Sebastian Aho misses high
Jaccob Slavin breaks up Pat Maroon pass for Ross Colton, who was cutting to the slot
Stamkos shot hits the outside of the net
Mrazek makes kick save on Hedman blast
Vasilevskiy stops backhand shot from Brock McGinn
Palat jams the puck wide on rebound of a Sergachev shot
Teravainen shot deflected by Hedman
Jake Bean wrist shot saved by Vasilevskiy, who also handles Aho’s rebound attempt
Vasilevskiy deflects chance from Martin Necas from the crease
Vasilevskiy gloves shot from Teravainen from low in the right circle after a nice feed from Aho from below the goal line
Mrazek saves shot from Kucherov from low in the right circle
Kucherov penalized for interference after hitting Brett Pesce from behind and Carolina goes on the power play with 2:49 left in the period
Hamilton shot misses wide
Hedman clears the puck
Cernak clears the puck
Cernak runs into Warren Foegele
Lightning again clear the puck
Blake Coleman forces a turnover and sends the puck back into the Carolina zone
Hedman with a hard around sends the puck back out of the Lightning zone and kills the penalty
(No scoring after one period)
Your pregame scouting report
If it wasn’t clear before, it should be patently obvious now: The Lightning have a significant advantage over their opponents in goal, and it’s one of the biggest reasons they appear to be well on their way to defending their Stanley Cup championship.
While four-time Vezina Trophy finalist Andrei Vasilevskiy has won six of his eight starts this postseason, opponents have tried five different players in goal in a frantic search for an answer that just isn’t there. Only one goalie can be the best in the world, and he plays in Tampa Bay.
The Hurricanes announced Thursday that Petr Mrazek will replace Calder Trophy finalist Alex Nedeljkovic for Game 3 of their second-round series tonight at Amalie Arena in Tampa. This, after the Panthers played three different goaltenders — Sergei Bobrovsky, Chris Driedger and rookie Spencer Knight — in the first round, where it fell in six games.
Juggling goaltenders in the postseason is seldom a recipe for success. You’ve heard the maxim in football: If you have two starting quarterbacks, you really have none. It’s the same with goaltenders.
A change in net in the middle of a series is usually a sign of desperation, and this is no exception. Despite outshooting the Lightning 70-45 in the first two games and mostly keeping Tampa Bay’s potent power play in check, the Hurricanes find themselves two losses from elimination and in serious need of a spark.
Forward Vincent Trocheck is doubtful, according to Carolina coach Rod Brind-Amour. Trocheck collided with teammate Warren Foegele in Game 2 and didn’t return. Without Trocheck and forward Nino Niederreiter, the Hurricanes would be without two players who combined to score 37 regular-season goals.
Not good for a team that has managed to put just two pucks behind Vasilevskiy in two games.
Will Mrazek give them what they need to get back into the series?
We’ll find out tonight, starting at 8 p.m., as the Lightning hope to move to within one win of advancing to the Stanley Cup semifinals — and push the Hurricanes to the brink of elimination.
Setting the scene
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