Lightning v. Hurricanes – Aho’s 2 Goal Game Gives Canes Game 3

#1 Carolina Hurricanes v. #3 Tampa Bay Lightning – Game 3
Leads Series 2-0

Game Recap:

With the series shifting to Tampa Bay, the Carolina Hurricanes look to cut the Lightning’s series lead to one. In the first period it would be a quiet one on the scoresheet, but both Andrei Vasilevskiy and Petr Mrazek would play spectacularly for their teams as the game would remain scoreless after 20 minutes of play. Nikita Kucherov would do a bonehead play and take an interference penalty late in the period, but the Bolts would kill of the penalty.

In the second period the game would begin to heat up. The Canes would open the scoring with a Brett Pesce blast from the point that would beat Vasilevskiy cleaning above his blocker. Then Sebastian Aho would be sprung loose to to net his sixth of the playoffs to grow the Canes lead to two. However, Aho woul then take a cross checking penalty, and the Bolts would strike as Brayden Point would finish a beautiful passing display to bring Tampa back within one. Later in the period the Canes would get into penalty trouble again and the Lightning would strike again, this time by Alex Killorn to tie the game at two.

In the third period it would be rather quiet, until the final minutes of regulation when the officials would be blowing calls left and right. With the game going to overtime, the Bolts will start it with 53 seconds of overtime as a result of a bad penalty by the refs on Dougie Hamilton. In the extra frame karma would rear it’s ugly head against Tampa as Aho would net his second of thegame while on the powerplay to give the hurricanes the 3-2 victory and cut Tampa’s series lead to one.

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Lineups:

Carolina Hurricanes:

Andrei Svechnikov — Sebastian Aho — Teuvo Teravainen
Warren Foegele — Jordan Staal — Martin Necas
Brock McGinn — Jordan Martinook — Jesper Fast
Morgan Geekie — Steven Lorentz — Cedric Paquette

Jaccob Slavin — Dougie Hamilton
Brady Skjei — Brett Pesce
Jake Bean — Jani Hakanpaa

Petr Mrazek
Alex Nedeljkovic

Scratched: Jake Gardiner, Maxime Lajoie, Max McCormick, Drew Shore, Ryan Suzuki, Roland McKeown, James Reimer
Injured: Nino Niederreiter (upper body), Vincent Trocheck (lower body)

Tampa Bay Lightning:

Ondrej Palat — Brayden Point — Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn — Anthony Cirelli — Steven Stamkos
Barclay Goodrow — Yanni Gourde — Blake Coleman
Ross Colton — Tyler Johnson — Pat Maroon

Victor Hedman — Jan Rutta
Ryan McDonagh — Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev — Luke Schenn

Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Cal Foote, Mitchell Stephens, Gemel Smith, Christopher Gibson, Spencer Martin, Fredrik Claesson, Ben Thomas, Alex Barre-Boulet, Daniel Walcott, Andreas Borgman, Taylor Raddysh, Boris Katchouk, Mathieu Joseph
Injured: David Savard (upper body)

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First Period:

TB Penalty – 17:11 – Nikita Kucherov 2 minutes for Interference

End of FirstCAR – 0TB – 0
Shots910
Faceoff Wins113
Hits912
Powerplay0/10/0

Second Period:

CAR Goal – 5:15 – Brett Pesce (2) from Andrei Svechnikov (4) and Sebastian Aho (3)

CAR Goal – 7:40 – Sebastian Aho (6) from Teuvo Teravainen (3) and Jaccob Slavin (4)

CAR Penalty – 8:01 – Sebastian Aho 2 minutes for Cross Checking

TB PPG – 8:57 – Brayden Point (6) from Nikita Kucherov (10) and Steven Stamkos (7)

CAR Penalty – 15:52 – Brady Skjei 2 minutes for Hooking

TB PPG – 16:18 – Alex Killorn (6) from Nikita Kucherov (11) and Brayden Point (3)

End of SecondCAR – 2TB – 2
Shots1823
Faceoff Wins2113
Hits2118
Powerplay0/12/2

Third Period:

CAR Penalty – 18:52 – Dougie Hamilton 2 minutes for Tripping

End of ThirdCAR – 2TB – 2
Shots2332
Faceoff Wins2820
Hits3129
Powerplay0/12/3

Overtime:

TB Penalty – 4:16 – Nikita Kucherov 2 minutes for Holding

CAR PPG – 5:57 – Sebastian Aho (7) from Teuvo Teravainen (4) and Dougie Hamilton (4)

End of OTCAR – 3TB – 2
Shots2637
Faceoff Wins3023
Hits3329
Powerplay1/22/3

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