Bolts stop slump with win over Carolina

by Gary Shelton on February 23, 2021

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Hedman and the Bolts played better./CHUCK MULLER

Tuesday, 4 a.m.

For the moment, the Tampa Bay Lightning has stopped the slide.

The Lightning, going through its toughest patch of the early season, rebounded for a 4-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Monday night. It ended a streak in which the Bolts had lost three of four games and had slipped to fourth in the NHL's Central Division.

The Bolts won this one with better energy and a strong second period. They trailed 1-0 despite a strong first period, but came back with two goals in the second and, after Carolina tied it, with two more in the third in a 4-2 victory.

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"We're a proud team," said defenseman Victor Hedman, who entered the franchise's top-five point-getters in history with a goal and an assist. "We don't like to lose, so this was a big win for us. We talked about it and what we could do, and it was on display. We played fast. We didn't think too much. We played north and got pucks to the net."

Besides Hedman, Steven Stamkos, Ondrej Palat and Alex Killorn scored for Tampa Bay. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 34 of 36 shots.

Almost half of those shots came in the third period by the Panthers.

"They have a really good team," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "They pushed. We bent and didn’t break. We blocked a ton of shots. I liked our battle. When you’re playing good teams, you’re going to get leaned on. I liked the fact that we didn’t break.

The Bolts play Carolina again Wednesday afternoon at 5 p.m. at Amalie Arena.

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