Thursday night, the Carolina Hurricanes escaped Amalie Arena with a close victory.
The Hurricanes (7-2-1) continued a strong start to the season in an exciting bout with Tampa Bay (6-4-1).
Hurricanes Onslaught Early
For one of the league’s best goalies in Andrei Vasilevskiy, Thursday night posed a stiff test. The Hurricanes got off 15 shots in the first period alone, and 55 total on the night.
The scoring began just over 8 minutes into the game when Carolina’s Seth Jarvis got one past Vasy.
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What could have been a huge first period for the visitors ended just 1-0 thanks to the play of Tampa Bay’s star in net.
Home Team Strikes in the Second
All of Tampa Bay’s regulation scoring came in a huge middle 20 minutes.
A power play early in the period seemingly led to a 1-1 tie, but the goal was waved off after a long review.
The officials are taking a look to see if this was potentially kicked in. pic.twitter.com/i9PwdmELCA
— Walt Ruff (@WaltRuff) November 4, 2022
Another power play a few minutes later allowed Ross Colton to officially tie the game at 1-1.
Then, Martin Necas weathered the storm for Carolina, tying things 2-2 on a power play. Later, a wild period ended 3-2 after a late Nikita Kucherov power play goal for Tampa Bay.
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Canes Cash in Late
In the third period, Carolina continued to dominate the shots-on-goal battle.
The Hurricanes topped 50 shots and cashed one in with Brady Skjei’s shorthanded equalizer late in the contest.
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The three-on-three overtime period ended scoreless, despite a late power play opportunity for Carolina.
The shootout took six rounds before Sebastian Aho’s ultra-slick score ended things.
Aho went euro-step and dunked on 'em pic.twitter.com/vJaJ4EXX5B
— Bally Sports: Canes (@CanesOnBally) November 4, 2022
An incredible overall effort for Andrei Vasilevskiy ended in defeat.
For Carolina, it was the second shootout victory in a row. The Hurricanes look to continue what’s been an ultra-hot start on Friday night against Buffalo, at home in PNC Arena.
For the Lightning, the Sabres are also their next game. After a night off, they’ll have a chance to bounce back against Buffalo on Saturday night.