TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Brayden Point had a tiebreaking power-play goal in the third period and added a late empty-netter in the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning‘s 3-1 comeback victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.
After Point scored from in-close with 3:15 left, the center got his 28th goal into the empty net during the final minute.
Justin Williams picked up his 300th NHL goal for the Hurricanes, who had a five-game winning streak end. Petr Mzarek 27 stopped shots.
The Lightning, 17-1-1 over the last 19 games, tied a team mark with their ninth consecutive win at home.
The Lightning’s NHL-best power play converted its fifth chance when Steven Stamkos‘ shot was blocked and the puck went through the slot to Palat, who tied it at 1 at 11:56 of the third.
Williams opened the scoring with a rebound goal from the low left circle 4:34 into the second.
Tampa Bay had a nifty breakaway goal by Point with 9:51 left in the second disallowed after a video review requested by the Hurricanes that determined the play was offside because Tyler Johnson had not completely left the ice on a line change.
Point had his original shot stopped by Mrazek but put home a rebound by knocking in an ankle puck.
Mrazek made a big save on NHL points leader Nikita Kucherov with five minutes to play.
Mzarek is 1-10-2 with a shutout in the regular season against the Lightning. He went 4-6 against Tampa Bay in the playoffs while with Detroit, including a key role in a near upset of the eventual Eastern Conference champion Lightning in a seven-game opening round series in 2015.
NOTES: Tampa Bay is 6-5-0 when trailing after two periods. . Williams has 18 goals in 52 games against Tampa Bay. . Lightning RW Ryan Callahan (upper body) missed his second straight game and is day to day. . Victor Hedman played in his 663rd game and moved past Pavel Kubina for the most by a Tampa Bay defenseman.
Hurricanes: Host Buffalo on Friday night.
Lightning: At Buffalo on Saturday night.
Source: Fox Sports