Now, that’s the Tampa Bay Lightning you remember.
Fast. Skilled. Gathered in front of the net to celebrate another goal.
You know. Those guys.
After a scoring drought in which the team scored only two goals in a four-game losing streak, the Bolts broke out against Carolina. It finished 4-3, but only because the Hurricanes scored two goals in the final minutes.
Goaltender Andrej Vasilevskiy made his first start of the season for the Lighting and stopped 32 shots in his first victory.
Still, playing on the road in the afternoon following a night game at home can be tough, and coach Jon Cooper admitted he thought his team might be “stale” after trailing 1-0 after one period.
But Ryan Callahan scored to tie things 38 seconds in the second period, and Steven Stamkos put the team ahead with a long shot on the power play.
J.T. Brown scored in the third, and then Tyler Johnson got his first goal of the season with a top-shelf shot.
The Lightning plays in Detroit Tuesday night.