The Tampa Bay Lightning had a golden opportunity to take a commanding 3-0 series lead on home ice Thursday.
However, those pesky Canes had other ideas.
After a scoreless first period, the Hurricanes opened up the second with two goals from Brett Pesce and Sebatstian Aho.
Lightning center Brayden Point and left wing Alex Killorn scored two more power play goals to equalize the score at two a piece.
Amongst this barrage of scoring, Hurricanes’ winger Warren Foegele went down with a shoulder injury after taking a hard hit.
His status remains questionable for Game 4 in Tampa Bay.
After a scoreless third period, it took Carolina to win their fifth overtime game of this postseason to finally overcome the Lightning.
A shot by Sebastian Aho, that deflected off of Hurricanes’ center Jordan Staal, was the dagger goal for Carolina that sealed the 3-2 victory.
“As I’ve said all year I’m always proud of the group,” Hurricanes’ head coach, Brind’Amour said. “Whatever happens to them they seem to find a way to focus on their game and go do their job, that’s what happened tonight.”
The Lightning will try to defend home ice once more in the AMALIE Arena at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Written by: Felipe Alvarez