Lightning 2-0 in series against Carolina after Tuesday night win
RALEIGH, N.C. / NHL — Although only putting 15 shots on goal all night, the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.
After a scoreless first 20 minutes, Alex Killorn secured Tampa’s lead with a shot 7 minutes into the second period. He moved around the defensive zone and threw a shot toward Alex Nedeljkovic with Anthony Cirelli setting a screen.
Tampa then doubled the lead about eight minutes into the third with the help of Cirelli yet again.
Carolina came back with a goal with 90 seconds remaining in the third. The final minute and a half were played entirely in the Lightning’s zone but Tampa Bay survived to finish off the victory.
The Bolts will be headed to Tampa for Game 3 on Thursday with a 2-0 series lead in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Tampa’s Andrei Vasilevskiy was on a roll once again with a total of 31 saves, making Tuesday’s game the second in a row where he made more than 30 saves.
The Hurricanes have yet to score a 5-on-5 goal on Vasilevskiy, who is once again a Vezina finalist. Their goal in Game 1 coming on a power play and in Game 2 with an extra attacker on.
Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper hasn’t switched up his lineup for Game 3.
Game three begins at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday.
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