The Tampa Bay Lightning must have been thinking that their hold on their series with the Carolina Hurricanes was about to be ended. Having gone up 2-0 in the series and having led 1-0 (thanks to Brayden Point) in Game 4, they allowed the Hurricanes to score four times in the opening 13 minutes of the second period to take a 4-2 lead. Key Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov. Following their lead, which saw them each score twice and assisted once, the team scored four goals in a row, three of which came in less than five minutes to close out the very wild and eventful second period, in order to take a commanding 3-1 lead of the second-round series.
They will now go to Carolina for Game 5 with an opportunity to end it. There will be no chance to end it for the Boston Bruins, at least for a while, against the New York Islanders in their second-round clash. Having come into Saturday up 2-1, the series has again been leveled by the Islanders after a late surge took them to a 4-1 victory. David Krejci and Kyle Palmieri traded goals early in the second period before the hosts gave their fans something to cheer for by scoring three times in the last seven minutes of the encounter. Matthew Barzal had the winner and Casey Cizikas and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for the added measure in the last 63 seconds of the game. This one looks like it’s going to go down to the wire now.