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Lightning 3, Hurricanes 2 (OT)

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Defenseman Radko Gudas blasted in the game-winner with 2:44 left in overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Saturday at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Gudas scored his second goal of the season, breaking out of the zone and beating helpless goaltender Justin Peters.

The Lightning (22-11-3) won its fourth straight while Carolina (14-14-8) lost its fifth of six.

Tampa Bay had dominated play but trailed 2-1 until right wing Martin St. Louis redirected defenseman Victor Hedman's blast from the point on a power play with 12:04 left in the third period. The goal was the Lightning captain's team-leading 15th. Hedman (11) and center Valterri Filppula (14) earned assists.

Peters kept Carolina close with an exemplary performance in facing 50 shots.

Jiri Tlusty had two goals for the Hurricanes. The center gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead with 9:49 left in the second period when he scored his second goal of the game and Carolina's league-high seventh short-handed.

Peters had snuffed a backdoor chip attempt from Filppula less than a minute before and the Hurricanes responded when center Eric Staal skated onto defenseman Ron Hainsey's bank off the boards at the red line and found Jlusty skating alone up the ice. The assist was Staal's 20th. Hainsey earned his fifth.

Peters was electric in the second period, turning to snap down another wide-open Filppula attempt from the backside with 1:04 left.

Tampa Bay outshot the Hurricanes 19-8 and controlled play throughout the first two periods but needed a late goal from Hedman for a 1-1 tie at the first intermission. The defenseman flicked in his seventh of the season after Filppula took a pass from center Alex Killorn and drew the defense by crossing the slot and passing to Hedman on the left wing. The assist was Filppula's 13th and Killorn's 12th.

Carolina took a 1-0 lead less than four minutes into the game on Tlusty's fifth goal of the season. The left wing beat Ben Bishop with a shot that tucked into the upper-left corner of the goal as the goaltender leaned right to peek through traffic in a crowded slot. Right wing Patrick Dwyer and center Riley Nash were credited with their fifth assists.

NOTES: Carolina had been shut out in its two previous games against Bishop. ... Lightning C Tom Pyatt returned to the lineup after missing 32 games with a broken collarbone. ... Lightning LW Ryan Malone (ankle fracture) has resumed skating. He is not expected back until January. ... The Lightning was attempting to match its longest win streak of the season (four). ... Carolina had lost four of its previous five games. ... The Hurricanes have an NHL-high seven short-handed goals, all on the road, which is also best in the league. ... Carolina signed G Daniel Altshuller, 19, to a three-year, entry-level contract. He is tied for the Ontario Hockey League lead in wins (20) and is third in the league in goals-against average (2.48) for Oshawa. ... Lightning D Eric Brewer skated off the ice in the second period favoring his right arm.
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