Lightning Finish Fourth in Traverse City
Matt Butcher had a pair of goals and James Wright tied the game midway through the third period. However, the Tampa Bay Lightning fell to the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3, in double-overtime on Wednesday night at Centre Ice Arena. The Lightning finished the 2010 Traverse City NHL prospects tournament in fourth place.
Wednesday Game Info
- Box Score (pointstreak.com)
For the fourth time in the four games of the tournament, the Lightning scored the first goal of the game. Just 5:42 into the match, Tim Marks sent a pass from behind the net toward the bottom of the right circle. Butcher one-timed the puck past the left leg of Carolina goaltender Troy Passingham for his first goal of the tournament.
The Hurricanes tied the game with a power play goal at 16:07. Matt Kennedy found a rebound in the crease and slipped the puck under the legs of Tampa Bay goaltender Jaroslav Janus.
Tampa Bay re-claimed the lead 3:14 into the second stanza on Butcher’s second goal of the contest. Adam Janosik spotted Butcher with a pass in the high slot and Butcher sent a wrist shot over the right shoulder of Passingham for a power play goal.
However, Carolina once again tied the game with a late-period goal. This time, Matt Caria carried the puck into the Lightning zone along the left wing on and odd-man rush. He sent a backhand pass across the slot and Justin Shugg redirected the feed into the net past the left leg of Janus at 18:27.
The Hurricanes took their first lead of the game midway through the third period. Jared Staal scored an unassisted goal at 7:47 to put Carolina up 3-2.
Tampa Bay leveled the score at three goals apiece less than four minutes later. Brett Connolly took the puck through the slot and sent a shot on goal that ended up spinning in the crease. Wright poked home the loose puck for his third goal of the tournament at 15:33.
After a scoreless four-minute, four-on-four overtime period, the teams skated three-on-three for the second overtime period. Jeff Skinner scored on a wrist shot from the right circle 2:36 into the second overtime to give the Hurricanes the victory and third place in the tournament.