Canes Snag Point, Topped 3-2 in OT by Bolts


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TAMPA, FL December 21, 2013 – Radko Gudas scored 2:16 into overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

The Lightning trailed 2-1 entering the third period but tied the game at 7:56 when Martin St. Louis tipped Victor Hedman’s shot past Justin Peters during Tampa Bay’s fifth power play of the game for his 15th goal of the season.

Gudas then gave the Lightning the victory by beating Peters on Tampa Bay’s 50th shot of the game.

Ben Bishop made 25 saves for his 17th victory of the season.

Carolina (14-14-8) took a 2-1 lead at 10:11 of the second period when Jiri Tlusty scored his second goal of the game. The Hurricanes were killing a penalty when Tlusty collected a pass from Eric Staal and broke in alone before beating Bishop with a 20-foot wrister. Both goals by Tlusty came on Carolina’s first shot of the period.

Peters was the star of the middle period, stopping all 13 shots he faced. He robbed Teddy Purcell twice, and Sami Salo and Valtteri Filppula once each with highlight-reel saves.

Tlusty opened the scoring 4:35 into the game when his long wrister through traffic eluded Bishop, who had shut out Carolina in his previous two games against the Hurricanes.

Hedman got the Lightning (22-11-3) even at 16:12 when he snuck in from the point, took a pass from Filppula and slipped behind Peters for his seventh goal of the season. Alex Killorn also assisted, earning his fourth point in as many games.

The Lightning finished the opening period outshooting Carolina 19-8, with 13 of those attempts coming from the defense.

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