Lightning Defeat Hurricanes In Overtime
Radko Gudas Delivers Crushing Hit Then Delivers Game Winner
The Tampa Bay Lightning (22-11-3) defeated the Carolina Hurricanes (14-15-7) in overtime by a final score of 3-2 for their fourth win in a row and are are an impressive 6-1-2 in their last 9 games. The victory also improves the Lightning’s record in overtime games to 9-3 and their overall home record to 14-3.
The story of the game for the Lighting was their ability to pepper Canes goalie Justin Peters with shots. The Bolts season high for shots came on November 12th against the Montreal Canadiens when they registered 45 and on Saturday evening they ended with 50 shots (49 in regulation).
Their previous high for shots in a period was 16 (multiple times) but they went above that twice with 19 shots in the first period and 17 shots in the third. Despite the pressure Carolina goalie Justin Peters was up to the task recording 47 saves on the 50 shots he faced including several glove saves on shots taken near the goal.
With Peters stopping nearly everything thrown his way the Lightning began the 3rd period down 2-1.
When trailing after two periods the Lightning have not fared well posting a record of 3-10. An ominous statistic since but on the hand the Bolts had outscored the Hurricanes 12-3 in 3rd periods going back to beginning of last season.
The Lightning trailed until the 7:56 mark of the period when Martin St. Louis scored a power play goal to tie the game at 2-2. It was St. Louis’ 15th goal on the season and draws him to within two points of Chris Chelios‘ 948 points for 90th place on the NHL All-Time Scoring List.
The game remained tied through regulation time and the game went into overtime where the Bolts have fared very well this season – winning 8 of 11 while the Hurricanes have struggled dropping 7 of their 9.
The overtime began with the Hurricane applying pressure in the Lightning zone but one big hit by Radko Gudas would lead to a change in direction and Gudas himself would eventually complete the play with the game winning goal at the 2:16 mark of overtime.
The play began in the Lightning zone when Radko Gudas hit Jeff Skinner along the boards. The puck eventually found its way to Nate Thompson who delivered a perfect pass on the tape of a streaking Gudas who had Tyler Johnson with him.
Hurricanes Goalie Justin Peters looked to be hedging toward a pass to Thompson and left just enough room for Gudas to deliver a laser it for the game winner.
The Lightning and Hurricanes traded goals in the first period. The Hurricanes lone first period goal was scored by Jiri Tlusty (5) at the 4:35 mark and the Lightning responded on Victor Hedman‘s seventh goal of the year at the 16:12 mark.
Jiri Tlusty scored his second goal of the game and sixth of the season on a shorthanded breakaway at the 10:21 mark of the second period. Marty St. Louis tied the game at 2-2 in the 3rd period with this power play goal: