NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Tampa Bay
(Tuesday, March 23rd)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, Carolina 2 (OT)
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Martin St. Louis scored two goals, including the game-winner 29 seconds into overtime, as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-2, at the St. Pete Times Forum.
In the extra session, St. Louis gathered a pass from Andrej Meszaros and made a nifty move to get around Carolina defenseman Brett Carson before snapping a shot earmarked for the top left corner of the net.
"Once I got into full stride I was able to get to the middle of the ice, go toward Stammer (Steven Stamkos)," St. Louis said. "Originally I was trying to probably get him the puck and drive. I saw a hole and I took it."
Steve Downie tied the game on the power play, redirecting a Stamkos pass behind Hurricanes goaltender Manny Legace with 6:57 left in regulation.
Antero Niittymaki stopped 27 shots for Tampa Bay, which halted a five-game losing streak and won for just the third time in its last 15 games.
Erik Cole and Chad LaRose scored 18 seconds apart late in the second period for the Hurricanes, who have dropped four of six.
Legace made 24 saves in a losing cause.
"For the most part I thought we did a pretty decent job of keeping some pretty explosive players off the board," Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said. "But at the end of the day it's a 1-on-1 play and we needed to have it."
St. Louis tapped in a Teddy Purcell feed behind Legace for a 1-0 Tampa Bay lead at 4:12 of the middle frame.
Cole beat Niittymaki on the short side, then LaRose hammered Joni Pitkanen's centering pass to put Carolina on top with 43 seconds left.
Lightning defenseman Matt Walker appeared in his 300th NHL game...Tampa Bay improved to 19-12-6 at home this season...Downie's goal gave the Lightning five 20-goal scorers.
03/24 00:13:43 ET