TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 31 (UPI) -- NHL goals leader Steven Stamkos scored three times Saturday, powering the Tampa Bay Lightning's 5-2 victory over Carolina.
Stamkos, who came into the contest with a league-best 23 goals, scored in each of the three periods for his second hat trick of the season.
The Bolts also benefited from a 24-save performance by Mathieu Garon.
The Hurricanes got goals from Jay Harrison and Justin Faulk. Cam Ward yielded all five Tampa Bay goals on 32 shots.