92 Points

Two nights in a row, both the Lightning and the Hurricanes hit peaks and valleys during regulation. Unfortunately for the Bolts, their valleys were in the 3rd period and the Hurricanes tied the game with the dynamics of Cory Stillman and Matt Cullen on each of Carolina's goals.

Brad Richards and Fredrick Modin both scored to give the Lightning a 2-0 lead... Richards goal came in the first while Modin's rocket was scored early in the third period. John Grahame made 25 saves on 27 shots while Martin Gerber, playing his second straight game, made 29 saves on 32 shots.

I'm not even going to acknowledge the refs tonight because they were inconsistent at best. That's not forgiving the crying game from Bobby Taylor but there is a problem with rule enforcement in the NHL and someone has got to find a legit solution to this.

Yet if this game -- if this SERIES -- is foreshadowing a Lightning/Hurricanes battle in the playoffs, we're all in for one hell of a show.

Martin St. Louis scores the winner late in Overtime to give the Lightning a much needed victory and making a bold step closer to the playoffs.