Lightning win on Stamkos' OT goal

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 03, 2012
Steven Stamkos scored twice, including a power-play goal 2:41 into overtime, to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night. Stamkos leads the NHL with 47 goals. Teddy Purcell extended his career-best point streak to nine games with a power-play goal in the third period, and Tim Wallace netted the first goal of his career. Mathieu Garon had 20 saves in the win. Tampa Bay won in overtime for the second straight night after beating the New York Rangers at home on Friday. Anthony Stewart had two goals in his first multipoint game for Carolina, and Jussi Jokinen also scored for the Hurricanes. Carolina captain Eric Staal, who had two assists, extended his NHL-best point streak to 11 games and his assist streak to 10. Staal matched the marks he and Cory Stillman share for the club's longest scoring streaks since it moved from Hartford in 1997. Cam Ward, playing in his 400th NHL game, stopped 24 shots in the loss. Chad LaRose played in his first game for Carolina after missing seven because of an undisclosed upper body injury. The teams had split four previous games this season. Wallace gave Tampa Bay the lead at 5:58 with his first goal in 58 games. Wallace was in his third game with Tampa Bay after being claimed on waivers from the New York Islanders. Stewart tied it at 5:23 of the second, taking a pass from Staal and went in on a breakaway, beating Garon with a backhander. Jokinen put Carolina ahead 2-1 at 15:02, driving to the slot and scoring over Garon's right shoulder. Stewart netted his second at 16:18 with a shot between Garon's pads off a ricochet from behind the net. Stamkos then scored on a rush at 18:00. Purcell connected during a a 5-on-3 power play at 7:24 of the third, beating Ward over the right shoulder through traffic from the high slot. NOTES: It was the 100th game between the teams. ... The Hurricanes finished a six-game homestand. . D Mike Commodore, playing his second game for the Lightning, was a member of Carolina's 2006 Stanley Cup championship team. . Jokinen played with the Lightning from 2007-09. . Carolina RW Tuomo Ruutu (eighth game, upper body) and RW Patrick Dwyer (third game, lower body) sat out. . Tampa Bay D Victor Hedman (upper body) missed his fourth game.
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