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NHL: Tampa Bay 4, Carolina 3 (OT)

March 3, 2012 at 10:50 PM

RALEIGH, N.C., March 3 (UPI) -- Steven Stamkos notched his NHL-best 47th goal of the season 2:41 into overtime Saturday, propelling the Tampa Bay Lightning past Carolina 4-3.

Stamkos, who also scored an unassisted goal in the second period, beat Carolina goaltender Cam Ward with a quick wrist shot from a sharp angle after receiving a pass from Teddy Purcell during a 4-on-3 power play.

Purcell and Tim Wallace also scored as the Lightning improved their playoff hopes with a second win in two nights, pulling to within two points of the eighth and final Eastern Conference post-season slot.

The Lightning's Mathieu Garon turned aside 25-of-28 shots.

Anthony Stewart put in a pair of goals and Jussi Jokinen also scored for the Hurricanes.

Ward managed 19 saves.

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