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Reimer makes 36 saves, Hurricanes edge Lightning

Aho, Slavin each has goal, assist for Carolina to keep Tampa Bay winless in past three

by Corey Long / Independent Correspondent

Reimer's scorpion save

CAR@TBL: Reimer lifts skate while on stomach for save

James Reimer makes an incredible sprawling, scorpion-style save to deny Yanni Gourde's shot on a near open net attempt in the 1st period

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TAMPA -- James Reimer made 36 saves for the Carolina Hurricanes in a 3-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

Sebastian Aho and Jaccob Slavin each had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes (16-10-1), which had lost their past two games. Dougie Hamilton had two assists for Carolina, which took a 3-0 lead in the first period.

"I think it's super important to get rewarded for a good period," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "Everyone contributed in different ways. We had a lot of shot blocks, a lot of guys just doing whatever they had to do to get the win. Obviously the goalie made the difference here tonight but everyone contributed."


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Brayden Point and Tyler Johnson scored for the Lightning (12-9-3), and Curtis McElhinney made 21 saves. Tampa Bay, which is 0-2-1 in its past three games, last had a three-game winless streak in the regular season from March 24-29, 2018 (0-3-0).

"There are a lot of details we can be better at and we need to be better at," Lightning forward Yanni Gourde said. "It is frustrating? Yes, but these are things that we can fix. We have to keep battling hard."

Aho gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead with his 10th goal in November at 4:49 of the first period with a tip-in from the goal line on a shot from Andrei Svechnikov.

Jordan Martinook made it 2-0 at 7:30 of the first with a wrist shot from the slot.

Slavin pushed the lead to 3-0 at 19:53 with a tip in on a shot from Aho.

"We talked about getting more shots through from the point…redirection, I'll take it," Slavin said. "It was a really good first period for us and obviously it paid off in the end there when you kind of hung on there in the third period."

Video: CAR@TBL: Slavin deflects the puck into the net

Reimer made several big saves in the first two periods. At 13:25 of the first, he was on his back and out of net but made a scorpion save with his skate on a rebound attempt by Gourde.

"Pure fluke, I think, really," Reimer said. "I just threw up a prayer and a leg, and luckily it hit me."

Reimer also stopped a Johnson from the hash marks with a glove save at 5:32 in the second period and later robbed Ondrej Palat on a 2-on-1 with a save at 9:25.

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos had eight shots on goal and several good chances, including one he chipped over an open net in the second period.

"I should've had probably two or three [goals] tonight, so I've got to put on that myself," he said. "I had too many Grade-A [chances] not to score."

Point made it 3-1 with a power-play goal at 3:26 of the third period when his shot deflected off of Hamilton's stick.

Video: CAR@TBL: Point nets fortuitous goal off a defender

Johnson scored to make it 3-2 with a shot from the slot at 8:50 of third. It was his first goal in 12 games.

"It felt good," Johnson said. "But I'm kind of ticked off I didn't get more."


They said it

"We're just working hard as a team and you deserve wins like this when you battle as hard as we did. Everyone sacrificed. When that happens, you're going to be right side more nights than not." -- Hurricanes goalie James Reimer

"We're going to find a way to win some hockey games and this is the group that's going to it." -- Lightning forward Yanni Gourde, on the team's three-game winless streak


Need to know

Lightning forward Alex Killorn missed the game with a lower-body injury, he is day-to-day. … Hurricanes center Martin Necas was a late scratch with a lower-body injury. Brind'Amour was uncertain how long he would be out. … Svechnikov has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in his past 11 games. … Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) during a five-game point streak. ... Carolina is 11-0-0 when leading after two periods this season. … Tampa Bay forward Anthony Cirelli had an assist and has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past eight games. … Slavin scored his first goal in 24 games.


What's next

Hurricanes: At the Boston Bruins on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, NESN, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

Lightning: At the Nashville Predators on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNW, NHL.TV)

Video: Aho collects two points in Hurricanes' 3-2 victory

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