TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yanni Gourde scored 2:50 into overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in a critical matchup between Central Division contenders.
Alex Killorn and Brayden Point also scored for the Lightning. Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 25 saves. Andrei Svechnikov and Brady Skjei scored for Carolina, which has only one regulation loss in the past eight games.
Petr Mrazek stopped 33 shots. Carolina and Florida are tied for the Central Division lead with 63 points, though the Hurricanes have two games in hand.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning are one point behind the co-leaders.