Lightning and hurricanes combine for eight goals: “Cursed circus over there”
The Lightning now have a 3-1 lead over the Hurricanes thanks to a chaotic second period in Game 4 that saw eight goals scored between the teams. The Lightning won 6-4.
Tampa Bay started the period with a 1-0 lead, but in about 39 seconds they led 2-1 thanks to goals from Teuvo Teravainen and Jesper Fast. OK, no big deal.
But then the fun really started halfway there.
Steven Stamkos scored a power-play goal at 9:54 to tie the score. Forty-one seconds later, Dougie Hamilton took a 3-2 lead over Carolina. Just over two minutes later, fellow defender – and Lady Byng’s 2021 finalist – Jaccob Slavin made it 4-2.
Just under two minutes after Slavin’s goal, the Lightning started their barrage. First, Nikita Kucherov scored a power-play goal at 14:38. Less than three minutes later, Tyler Johnson tied it 4-4. Just over two minutes later, it was captain, Stamkos, with a power play goal. Kucherov scored his second of the game in the third period.
“Probably the craziest playoff you’re going to see the rest of the way,” Stamkos noted. “Definitely exciting for the fans, but you know I give our guys credit; we lose two goals, some unlucky rebounds. I didn’t think we were really playing our game and we just talked about sticking in the moment. . A win is a playoff win. We will definitely take it. “
While Stamkos was usually calm during the period, which saw the Hurricanes scoring four goals themselves, head coach Jon Cooper was more colorful with his description. After the Lightning lost in Game 3 in overtime, Cooper called the playoffs a “big roller coaster”; In Saturday’s post-game Zoom, Tampa Bay Times’ Eduardo A. Encina referred to that quote and asked what that second period would have been like.
“I haven’t been to a theme park for a long time,” Cooper said before asking Gabriel Marte, the Lightning’s digital video manager, “What are the badass roller coasters you’ve seen like?”
After some confirmations from others in the room: “It was the Hulk.”
The “Hulk” is Universal Studios’ incredible Hulk Coaster and is described on the Universal website in this way: “Before you can blink, you’re catapulted with the force of a fighter jet. Hulk-like power propels you upside down in a zero gravity roll in zero gravity, running faster and faster over it. the track. Hang on with superhuman strength as this rampage of red lines at high speed blasts its way across the sky. “
Translation: a doozy. Cooper then continued with his response.
“It’s weird, I think there were 11 goals in the series (coming in on Saturday) … and to see anything, eight in the second half. It was chaotic. The damn circus there. “, did he declare. “But definitely no refunds after that. It was, take your coach’s hat. It was a very entertaining second half.”
Game 5, where Cooper’s side will try to wrap things up and advance to the Stanley Cup semi-finals, is Tuesday in Raleigh.