Stamkos lifts Lightning over Hurricanes in OT

10:22 PM, Mar 3, 2012   |    comments
Steven Stamkos (Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE)
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Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Steven Stamkos scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner at 2:41 of overtime, lifting the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday at RBC Center.

Skating on a 4-on-3 power play following an ill-advised roughing penalty against Hurricanes forward Brandon Sutter, the Lightning got right to work in the offensive zone.

Holding the puck in the high slot, Teddy Purcell slid the puck down below the goal line to the right of the net for Stamkos and the NHL's leading scorer beat Carolina netminder Cam Ward with a quick wrist shot from the sharp angle to give the Lightning their second win in as many nights.

Purcell and Tim Wallace also scored for the Lightning, who got 24 saves from Mathieu Garon in the victory. Tampa Bay has won four straight overall.

Anthony Stewart scored twice and Jussi Jokinen also lit the lamp, while Eric Staal added two assists for the Hurricanes, who have dropped four of their last five games. Ward was tagged for all four goals on 23 shots in defeat.


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