RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Martin Necas scored his second purpose of the game to interrupt a tie with 3: 53 last, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Saturday night in a matchup between the top two teams within the Central Division.
Necas, who moreover had two assists, place the Hurricanes ahead on a vitality play, with Dougie Hamilton getting an assist to increase his franchise-file point shuffle for a defenseman to 14 video games. That’s the longest energetic shuffle within the NHL for any participant.
Targets by Cedric Paquette and Sebastian Aho in a 62-second span early within the second knotted the rep. Necas place Carolina ahead with his first purpose later within the duration.
Necas has 17 solutions (seven goals, 10 assists) in 13 video games this month. The season-excessive four-point day out matched his occupation simplest.
“He has by no manner lacked for self assurance,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour talked about. “He has, from Day One, always tried to make plays.”
With injuries to Carolina forwards Vincent Trocheck and Teuvo Teravainen, the contributions from Necas had been serious. He has the most solutions on the group this month.
“I’m factual trying to step in,” Necas talked about. “I obtained on the vital (vitality-play unit). That provides you quite more self assurance, quite bit more time on the ice.”
Blake Coleman and Pat Maroon scored within the vital duration and Mathieu Joseph tied the game 22 seconds into the third for Tampa Bay.
Hurricanes goalie James Reimer made 19 saves. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 36 shots for the vital-attach Lightning.
The defending Stanley Cup champions, who have a one-point lead on the Hurricanes, have misplaced consecutive video games for the vital time since Feb. 15 and 20. Carolina moreover delivered the second defeat in that web page.
“We didn’t take tonight as a consequence of we obtained outworked,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper talked about.
Coleman converted for the vital purpose after Reimer failed to quilt the puck.
Since becoming a member of the Hurricanes in a mid-February substitute, Paquette has scored two of his three goals towards Tampa Bay. He played on last 300 and sixty five days’s title group for the Lightning.
The Hurricanes held a 28-11 edge in shots all the scheme thru the final two classes. Vasilevskiy was largely as much as the task for the Lightning.
“That would had been loads worse if he didn’t play that successfully,” Tampa Bay center Ross Colton talked about.
COME AND SEE
It was Carolina’s first dwelling sport since North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced indoor sports actions venues could well prolong to 50% capacity. That would have supposed better than 9,000 spectators at PNC Arena.
Nonetheless, the group tiny the series of further tickets made on hand in uncover to stay with other protocols. Attendance was listed at 4,433.
“Factual away, after we first came out, I was admire, ‘Wow, we obtained a hockey sport here,’” Brind’Amour talked about. “It was heaps of energy. … It says loads in regards to the of us coming in here. They’re in actual fact now no longer sitting on their palms. It was a fun ambiance. They obtained entertained, which was tall.”
The group announced that every price made on hand was sold.
Once fans had been permitted earlier this month, attendance had been tiny to no better than 15% for the past six dwelling video games.
The Hurricanes are 11-1-3 at dwelling.
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
It was the sixth assembly of the season between the teams, and the Lightning’s final consult with to Raleigh.
“The farther the season goes, every sport is mountainous,” Aho talked about. “That’s the defending champs, so obviously it was reasonably a disaster for us.”
The clubs at the open had been purported to play a rematch Sunday, nonetheless that sport was moved to Feb. 20 in a schedule crawl keen a lot of teams within the division.
The last two Carolina-Tampa Bay matchups of the season are April 19 and 20 in Tampa, Florida.
Lightning: Initiate up a four-sport homestand Tuesday night towards Columbus.
Hurricanes: Play on Tuesday and Thursday at Chicago.
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