Published March 23, 2010
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Martin St. Louis scored his second goal of the game 29 seconds into overtime and the Tampa Bay Lightning stopped a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.
St. Louis skated into the Hurricanes' zone from center ice, made a backhand pass to himself past a Carolina defender and then beat goalie Manny Legace with a wrist shot.
Steve Downie also scored for the Lightning, who won for just the third time in 15 games.
Downie got Tampa Bay even at 2 when he scored on a redirected shot at 13:03 of the third. With the goal, Downie became the first player since Theo Fleury, then with the New York Rangers, in 2000-01 to have 20 goals and 200 penalty minutes in the same season.
Carolina went up 2-1 on late second-period goals by Cole and LaRose, coming 18 seconds apart. Cole had a low-slot goal with 1:01 to go before LaRose scored from just outside the crease at 19:17.
St. Louis put the Lightning up 1-0 from in close off a pass through the low slot by Teddy Purcell at 4:12 of the second. It was St. Louis' first goal in eight games.
Legace stopped an in-close shot by Alex Tanguay nine minutes into the third. Tanguay has not scored a goal in his past 16 games.
NOTES: There was a moment of silence before the game for former NHL F Lou Jankowski, a regular in the Lightning press box, who died Sunday at the age of 78. Jankowski played for Chicago and Detroit in the early 1950s. His son, New York Islanders assistant GM Ryan Jankowski, attended the game. ... Referee Kerry Fraser and linesman Mark Pare, who are both retiring after the season, worked their final game in Tampa.