Gourde lifts Lightning with overtime goal

by Gary Shelton on April 20, 2021

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Gourde's winning goal led to a Lightning win./CARMEN MANDATO

Tuesday, 3 a.m.

The first shot was another disappointment. There was nothing new to that for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. They missed 33 times against the Carolina Panthers.

Ah, but the follow-up was something memorable.

Yanni Gourde followed his own shot, tucking the rebound into the net for the winning goal in 3-2 overtime victory over Carolina. There was 2:50 gone in the overtime when Gourde scored his 16th goal of the season.

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"It was a great play by Alex (Killorn) winning his one-on-one on the board. As soon as he recovered the puck, he passed it to me. I tried to shoot it as quick as I could. I was fortunate enough to get a rebound and I drove the net to tap it in."

It finished a high-energy outing for the Bolts, one that reminded fans that the playoffs are just 11 games away. The Bolts did give up a 2-0 lead before finding a way to the win.

“You want to limit them having the puck," said Lightning coach Jon Cooper of the Hurricanes. "The big thing to them is they want to be on you. They want to be the ones who create the O-zone time. For a lot of the night we were the team doing that."

Killorn scored the first goal for the Lightning. Brayden Point scored the second.

The Bolts play Carolina again tonight at Amalie Arena at 7 p.m.

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