The Carolina Hurricanes find themselves on the brink of elimination after falling 6-4 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a wild afternoon matchup Saturday in Tampa. The Lighting now lead the series 3-1 with a chance to clinch the series in Carolina on Tuesday night.
The first period was quiet compared to the offensive juggernaut on the horizon – with Tampa pulling ahead 1-0. Starting goalie Petr Mrazek turned away a few sure chances to keep the score 1-0 after twenty minutes of play.
Teuvo Teravainen tallied the first of eight goals in the second period, converting a pass from Jordan Staal in the slot blasting a shot in front to tie the score at 1-1. Less than a minute later, Jesper Fast put the Canes ahead 2-1. The first of Tampa’s first power play goals came from their captain Steven Stamkos tying the score at 2-2. The pair of goals from Carolina continued with back to back goals from the blue line in Dougie Hamilton and Jaccob Slavin.
Trailing 4-2, the Lighting would proceed to score the next four goals in the contest with two of those being man advantage scores to pull ahead 6-4. The final penalty count would be 7-3 in favor of Carolina.
Next Up: Game 5 – Tuesday, June 8 – 6:30 PM – NBCSN