The Tampa Bay Lightning met the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night at the St. Pete Times Forum. Both teams also met the inside of their respective penalty boxes frequently as well, as the Lightning needed overtime go beat the Hurricanes in a penalty-filled affair.
"With everything going on in the league right now, I am sure all the referees got a memo," Lightning defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron said. "They definitely tightened up, which is fine. We just had to get used to it. We know what a penalty is, so it is up to us to be smart."
After a scoreless first period, the Lightning got on the board first when Steve Downie slid a rebound past Carolina goalie Cam Ward to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead. The suddenly-hot Vincent Lecavalier added his 12th goal of the year less than three minutes later to extend the Lightning lead to 2-0. The Hurricanes would respond when Eric Staal scored his 27th goal of the year to get the Hurricanes back within a goal.