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Tampa Bay 3, Carolina 1
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, February 25, 2021
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
Referees: Furman South, Justin St. Pierre
Linesmen: Ryan Daisy, Travis Gawryletz
Attendance: 536

Yanni Gourde scored the tiebreaking goal 6:22 into the third period, and the Tampa Bay Lightning won their third straight, a 3-1 victory over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

The contest was the finale of a four-game set in six days that began Saturday when the NHL sent the Lightning to Raleigh, N.C., to play Carolina instead of the Chicago Blackhawks, who had faced the Hurricanes the night before.

Mikhail Sergachev and Barclay Goodrow (empty-netter) tallied and Brayden Point and Victor Hedman notched assists for Tampa Bay, which won three of the four games.

Manning the Lightning crease for the third time, Curtis McElhinney allowed one goal on 32 shots to move to 2-1-0.

Brett Pesce scored and Sebastian Aho and Jesper Fast recorded assists for the Hurricanes, who scored just once in the final two games of the set.

James Reimer stopped 19 of 21 shots for Carolina. Top-line winger Teuvo Teravainen (concussion) missed his fourth consecutive game.

Carolina's Andrei Svechnikov rang a backhander off the post and the Lightning's Blake Coleman failed on a breakaway in their teams' best chances in the first period, but the visitors scored on a slick play involving three touches.

In a quick transition through the neutral zone, Aho soon slipped a pass to Fast, who slid a cross-ice feed to Pesce for his second goal at 14:23.

But the key to the opening period was Carolina's penalty kill, which denied the bulk of three Lightning power plays and allowed the home side just two shots with the man advantage.

Tampa Bay's frustrated offense -- which managed just 14 shots on goal through 40 minutes despite five power plays -- got a boost when Sergachev skated in on the goal line and beat Reimer for his first marker this season at 12:39 of the second to knot the game at 1.

Defenseman Erik Cernak was injured in the second and did not return for the third, leaving the Lightning with five blue-liners, but they still managed to grab their first lead in the final period.

After a McElhinney save, Hedman recovered the rebound and sent a long stretch pass to Gourde, who wired a wicked wrist shot from the right circle for his fifth goal and the 2-1 advantage at 6:22.

Goodrow added a goal into an empty net to clinch Tampa Bay's 11th win in its past 12 home games against Carolina.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Carolina   Tampa Bay
Brett Pesce 1 Points Barclay Goodrow 1
Brett Pesce 1 Goals Barclay Goodrow 1
Sebastian Aho 1 Assists Victor Hedman 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
James Reimer .905 Save Percentage Curtis McElhinney .969
James Reimer 19 Saves Curtis McElhinney 31
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Carolina 32 1 0-5 5-5 12 36
Tampa Bay 22 3 0-5 5-5 12 29
Upcoming Games
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game at home against Dallas. The Lightning have a W/L % of .750 after a win and .600 after a loss.
  • Carolina will play their next game on the road against Florida. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .583 after a win and .667 after a loss.