The Lightning mostly did everything right after one period against the Hurricanes on Monday night. They showed a renewed dedication to putting the puck on net and were sound defensively.
While they took control of the opening period at Carolina, they still went into the first intermission trailing by a goal. That’s where it went wrong in their previous meeting with the Hurricanes. Overwhelmed by a scoring drought and the potential for a low-scoring contest, they panicked and got out of their game plan.
But Monday night, the Lightning weren’t going to let that happen again. They rebounded, put faith in their system and were rewarded with a 4-2 win.
After having lost three of their past four games, the Lightning (11-4-1) earned a much-needed win over the Hurricanes, who had held Tampa Bay scoreless in their first two meetings this season.
“We’re a proud group and we’re not happy when we lose three out of four games going into tonight and we talked about that the last few days,” said defenseman Victor Hedman, who scored a second-period goal. “This is a challenge, we’re gonna see what we made of. Are we gonna go out there and try and chase and then change what we do or are we going stick to what we do well and do it to a tee?”
The Lightning went back to basics. Coach Jon Cooper reshuffled his forward line combinations. Entering the game, the…