Talk about an encore performance for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
One night after the Bolts rallied back from a one-goal deficit in the third period to earn a win past regulation, Steven Stamkos scored 2:41 into overtime to help the Lightning edge the division-rival Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 at the RBC Center on Saturday night.
The Lightning, which on Friday night also defeated the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers in the extra session, now sit just two points behind idle Winnipeg for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
With Brandon Sutter sent off to the penalty box for a roughing penalty, Stamkos took a feed from Teddy Purcell at the side of the net and buried it past Carolina net minder Cam Ward to earn Tampa Bay its fourth straight win.
Purcell also had a goal, and Tim Wallace scored for the Lightning, whose past eight wins have each come by just one goal.
Stamkos also added a goal with exactly two minutes remaining in the second period that brought the Lightning back to within one to make it 3-2 heading into the final period.
"I thought we played a lot better hockey, but we were still down one and realized we needed to be better defensively," Stamkos said. "We felt that goal gave us some momentum."
Anthony Stewart scored twice for Carolina, and Jussi Jokinen also had a goal for the Hurricanes, losers in four of their past five.
Ward made 19 saves.
Wallace opened the scoring six minutes into the first after taking a puck along the side boards, skating in and wristing one past Ward for his first career NHL goal.
Stewart drew the Hurricanes even at 1-1 in the second after slipping one underneath the pad of Mathieu Garon for his eighth of the year, then increased Carolina's advantage to 3-1 just 1:16 after Jokinen gave the Hurricanes their first lead of the game at 15:02.
With the assist on Stewart's first goal, Carolina captain Eric Staal extended his points streak to 11 games and his franchise-record assist streak to 10 games.
After Stamkos brought the Lightning to within one at 18:00, Purcell's 19th of the season tied things up 3-3 while on a 5-on-3 power play, wristing a shot from the slot through traffic and past Ward at 7:24.
"It was a big goal for us," Lightning head coach Guy Boucher said. "And I thought we did a good job that period."
Stamkos' two goals on the night increased his league-lead in that department to 47. He has four goals and seven points during a four-game point streak.
Purcell assisted on Stamkos' game-winner, extending his own personal career-high point streak to nine games.
Garon made 25 saves on the night.