Hurricanes defeat Lightning for split of back-to-back games


TAMPA — Alex Nedeljkovic made 26 saves for the Carolina Hurricanes in a 4-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Tuesday.

Nino Niederreiter and Jordan Staal scored 25 seconds apart in the second period for the Hurricanes (30-10-5), who lost 3-2 in overtime here Monday and are 3-0-1 in their past four games.

Brayden Point scored for the Lightning (30-14-2), who are 3-3-0 in their past six. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 32 saves.

Niederreiter put the Hurricanes up 1-0 at 7:48 of the second with a shot from the high slot off a pass from Vincent Trocheck.

Staal made it 2-0 at 8:13 when he tipped Dougie Hamilton‘s shot. Niederreiter had an assist for his first multipoint game since March 4, a span of 22 games.

Steven Lorentz extended the lead to 3-0 at 16:45 with a shot from the bottom of the right face-off circle off a backhand pass from the right corner by Morgan Geekie.

Point made it 3-1 at 17:09 of the second when he redirected a centering pass from Ondrej Palat.

Jordan Martinook scored an empty-net goal with 2.2 seconds remaining for the 4-1 final.

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