The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes this afternoon, 6-4 inside Amalie Arena, after a potential series-defining second period.
Tampa Bay scored four unanswered goals after trailing 4-2 with 7:19 left in the second period.
The Bolts now have Carolina on the ropes heading into Tuesday’s Game 5 inside PNC Arena.
The big boys came to play for Tampa Bay today and gave the Bolts a commanding 3-1 series lead.
Tampa Bay led 1-0 after one period of play. Then a wild second period happened where there was a combined eight goals scored between the two teams in the period.
“Probably the craziest playoff period you’re going to see the rest of the way,” Steven Stamkos said postgame.
Joel Quenneville said that the Lightning starting the playoffs with Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov was like opening a Texas Hold’em hand with pocket aces.
The duo had four goals, two assists and eight shots in today’s Game 4.
Head Coach Jon Cooper said about the second period: “That was chaotic. It was a damn circus out there.”
Cooper went on to talk about Kucherov taking the game over after getting hit in a tough area. Cooper said Kucherov “Channeled all his energy the right way,” when the Bolts went down by two goals. Said he was the best player on the ice today and was close to unstoppable.
This game certainly didn’t lack any entertainment.
Game 5 from Raleigh, North Carolina will be on Tuesday, June 8 with the puck drop at 5:30 PM (Central Time) and will be televised on NBCS.
The Lightning are one win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals.