Lightning rally to win Game 4, push Hurricanes to brink in second round


TAMPA Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos each had two goals and an assist, and the Tampa Bay Lightning extended their lead in the Stanley Cup Second Round with a 6-4 win in Game 4 against the Carolina Hurricanes at Amalie Arena on Saturday. 

The defending Stanley Cup champions trailed 4-2 in the second period before scoring four unanswered goals.

Brayden Point and Tyler Johnson also scored for the Lightning, the No. 3 seed in the Discover Central Division. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 21 saves.

Jaccob Slavin had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, the top seed. Petr Mrazek made 20 saves. 

Game 5 in the best-of-7 series is Tuesday at Carolina (6:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS). 

Point gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead at 14:24 of the first period, scoring off a back-door pass from Ondrej Palat.

Teuvo Teravainen tied it 1-1 at 4:30 of the second period with a one-timer from the hash marks off a pass from Jordan Staal

Jesper Fast made it 2-1 Carolina at 5:09 with a sweeping shot from the blue paint.

Stamkos tied it 2-2 with a power-play goal at 9:54.

Dougie Hamilton sent home a shot from the point at 10:35 to put the Hurricanes ahead 3-2. Slavin added a goal at 12:41 to make it 4-2.

Kucherov made it 4-3 with a power-play goal at 14:38. Johnson tied it 4-4 with a wrist shot from the top of the right face-off circle. Stamkos slammed home a one-timer off a pass from Kucherov at 19:37 for the Lightning’s third power-play goal of the period to make it 5-4. 

Kucherov extended the Lightning lead to 6-4 at 6:01 of the third period with a one-timer off a pass from Palat. 


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