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Lightning beats Hurricanes in overtime

Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas celebrates beating Hurricanes goaltender Justin Peters 2:16 into overtime.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas celebrates beating Hurricanes goaltender Justin Peters 2:16 into overtime.

TAMPA — When considering Radko Gudas, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn't a rip-roaring slap shot.

Crunching body checks, his notable beard, yes, but a big blast? Not so much.

That might change after the defenseman let fly with a blazer that Hurricanes goaltender Justin Peters probably still hasn't seen that gave the Lightning a 3-2 overtime victory Saturday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

"I haven't had the big opportunity to use my shot," Gudas said. "I've had a few, but I'm still working on it."

"He's got a rocket," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.

Tampa Bay (22-11-3), which won its fourth straight, needed every mph to beat Peters, who put on a clinic with 47 saves on the Lightning's season-high 50 shots.

Victor Hedman had a goal and two points, and Marty St. Louis' team-best 15th goal, on the power play, tied the score 2-2 at 7:56 into the third period. Ben Bishop made 25 saves for his 19th victory.

For most of the game, though, it was the Justin Peters show.

His best moment came with 1:04 left in the second period when he lunged to his left to snag Valtteri Filppula's snap shot.

The play was reviewed to see if the puck in Peters' glove crossed the goal line. But replays were inconclusive. So the no-goal ruling could not be reversed, and Carolina maintained a 2-1 lead gained with 9:49 left in the second period on Jiri Tlusty's shorthanded breakaway goal.

"I've got to tip my hat to that kid," Cooper said of Peters, 27. "I've coached against him in the American League. He was a pain in the butt then. Now he's become a pain in the butt in the NHL. He was outstanding."

So was Gudas, who had five shots, five hits and three blocks. He also sparked the winning two-on-one when he decked Carolina's Jeff Skinner along the side boards, which allowed Nate Thompson to get the puck.

"It was just lucky he turned into me and I was right on him," Gudas said.

Skating with Thompson into the zone, Gudas decided to shoot from just above the right faceoff circle rather than pass back to his teammate wide to his left.

"I thought maybe he was faking the shot," Thompson said. "But when I saw him put his head down and wind up, I knew he was shooting."

Considering the way Gudas shoots in practice, "He made the right choice," Hedman said. "He has a very heavy shot."

That beat Peters, who seemed to be expecting the pass, on the short side for his second goal of the season.

"It's not going to be like (Steven) Stamkos or (Sami) Salo or guys like that," Gudas said of his shot. "But it's something I'm working on."

Lightning 1 0 1 1 3
Hurricanes 1 1 0 0 2
Lightning 1 0 1 1 3
Hurricanes 1 1 0 0 2

First Period1, Carolina, Tlusty 5 (Dwyer, Nash), 4:35. 2, Tampa Bay, Hedman 7 (Filppula, Killorn), 16:12. PenaltiesDvorak, Car (hooking), 5:06; Ruutu, Car (holding), 11:01; Gudas, TB (interference), 13:29.

Second Period3, Carolina, Tlusty 6 (E.Staal, Hainsey), 10:11 (sh). PenaltiesBellemore, Car (holding stick), 8:48; Gleason, Car (tripping), 17:53; Gudas, TB (interference), 19:02.

Third Period4, Tampa Bay, St. Louis 15 (Hedman, Filppula), 7:56 (pp). PenaltiesJo.Staal, Car (tripping), 6:49.

Overtime5, Tampa Bay, Gudas 2 (Thompson), 2:16. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalCarolina 8-10-8-1—27. Tampa Bay 19-13-17-1—50. Power-play opportunitiesCarolina 0 of 2; Tampa Bay 1 of 5. GoaliesCarolina, Peters 7-8-3 (50 shots-47 saves). Tampa Bay, Bishop 19-5-2 (27-25). A19,204 (19,204).

Lightning beats Hurricanes in overtime 12/21/13 [Last modified: Sunday, December 22, 2013 12:02am]
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