Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Lightning beats Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in OT

RALEIGH, N.C. — Coach Guy Boucher has said his team is in "survival time."

There could be no better example of its fight than Tampa Bay's 4-3 come-from-behind overtime win over the Hurricanes on Saturday night at the RBC Center.

The Lightning (31-28-6), playing on back-to-back nights and arriving in Raleigh at 3 a.m. Saturday due to a plane mechanical delay, overcame a two-goal deficit for a second consecutive overtime win. In doing so, Tampa Bay continued its improbable climb to a playoff spot. It is within two points of the final spot in the Eastern Conference.

"These guys are doing the impossible," Boucher said. "No matter how we do it, it doesn't make a difference (how they do it)."

The Lightning did it in unlikely fashion Saturday. As perplexingly poor as Tampa Bay has been with the man advantage on the road for most of the season, it won Saturday on the strength of two power-play goals.

Teddy Purcell tied the score at 3 on a one-timer with four seconds left in a two-minute five-on-three power play in the third.

"You have the full two minutes," Purcell said. "So a goal in the first 10 seconds is just as good as a goal in the last 10."

In overtime, Purcell found Stamkos backdoor for a snap shot, Stamkos' league-leading 47th goal. Stamkos also scored in the second to pull the Lightning within 3-2.

"That was a big character win for us," Stamkos said. "We never give up."

Marty St. Louis, who logged more than 27 minutes for the second consecutive game, said it was Stamkos' first goal —with two minutes left in the second — that gave the team some life after falling behind 3-1. Stamkos, on an end-to-end-rush, sent a wrist shot past goalie Cam Ward.

"That was a big one," St. Louis said.

But the biggest goals came later from Purcell, who extended his points streak to nine games (six goals, 13 assists), and Stamkos, who said the Lightning got some breaks getting the late power plays. Hurricanes forward Brandon Sutter was called for roughing in overtime after running into goalie Mathieu Garon, who was outside the crease.

In overtime, Purcell patiently carried the puck from between the circles and faked a shot before passing to Stamkos near the left post.

"An unbelievable pass," Stamkos said.

With contributions from many, including Tim Wallace's first NHL goal and Garon's 25 saves, Tampa Bay has worked its way back into the playoff conversation after falling 10 points out of the eighth spot.

"These guys are competitive; they're warriors," Boucher said. "And they want the end of their season to mean something. And we always say, 'The shame is not in losing; the shame is in not fighting.' "

Lightning 1 1 1 1 4
Hurricanes 0 3 0 0 3
Lightning 1 1 1 1 4
Hurricanes 0 3 0 0 3

First Period1, Tampa Bay, Wallace 1 (Shannon), 5:58. PenaltiesMalone, TB (hooking), 19:06.

Second Period2, Carolina, Stewart 8 (E.Staal, Spacek), 5:23. 3, Carolina, Jokinen 10, 15:02. 4, Carolina, Stewart 9 (E.Staal, Tlusty), 16:18. 5, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 46, 18:00. PenaltiesCommodore, TB (tripping), 1:01.

Third Period6, Tampa Bay, Purcell 19 (St. Louis, Malone), 7:24 (pp). PenaltiesTlusty, Car (tripping), 3:15; LaRose, Car (hooking), 5:28; E.Staal, Car (slashing), 5:28.

Overtime7, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 47 (Purcell), 2:41 (pp). PenaltiesBra.Sutter, Car (roughing), 1:05. Shots on GoalTampa Bay 8-7-6-2—23. Carolina 8-8-9-3—28. Power-play opportunitiesTampa Bay 2 of 4; Carolina 0 of 2. GoaliesTampa Bay, Garon 23-16-4 (28 shots-25 saves). Carolina, Ward 22-19-11 (23-19). A17,116 (18,680). T2:27.

Lightning 4

Hurricanes 3


Tampa Bay Lightning beats Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in OT 03/03/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 3, 2012 11:18pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. NFL commissioner, players' union angrily denounce Trump comments on national anthem


    SOMERSET, N.J. — The National Football League and its players' union on Saturday angrily denounced President Donald Trump for suggesting that owners fire players who kneel during the national anthem …

    President Donald Trump walks off the stage after he speaks at campaign rally in support of Sen. Luther Strange, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Huntsville, Ala. [Associated Press]
  2. Matt Peca making case for Lightning spot


    Center Matt Peca said he didn't read too much into the fact he was the only Lightning player to appear in each of the first three exhibition games.

    But Peca, 24, loved it.

    Matt Peca won nine of 10 faceoffs Friday, a skill the Lightning badly needs.
  3. Bucs players respond to Trump comments on anthem protests


    President Donald Trump shared his thoughts Friday night on NFL players protesting during the national anthem, suggesting that NFL owners should "fire" players who kneel during the anthem in protest. His remarks are alreading drawing responses from many NFL players, including some Bucs.

    Bucs players Mike Evans and Jameis Winston stand with coach Dirk Koetter during the national anthem in a game played in San Diego last season.
  4. Rays morning after: Wilson Ramos showing glimpses of what's possible in 2018


    The real payoff for the Rays signing C Wilson Ramos last off-season will come in 2018, when he can play a full season fully recovered from right knee surgery.

    Catcher Wilson Ramos connects for a two-run single in the fifth inning against the Cubs on Sept. 20, 2017.
  5. Buccaneers-Vikings Scouting Report: Watching Kyle Rudolph, Adam Thielen and Everson Griffen


    No matter how much film we study, no matter how much data we parse, we just don't know how an NFL season will unfold.

    Four of tight end Kyle Rudolph's seven catches this season have come on third down, including this 15-yard touchdown in the Vikings' opener against the Saints. [Getty Images]