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

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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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