Reimer Makes 36 Saves, Hurricanes Beat Lightning 3-2

TAMPA, Fla. — James Reimer made 36 saves, Sebastian Aho and Jaccob Slavin each had a goal and an assist, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Saturday night.

Carolina also got a goal from Jordan Martinook. Dougie Hamilton had two assists.

Brayden Point and Tyler Johnson scored for the Lightning, who have lost three straight (0-2-1). Curtis McElhinney stopped 21 shots.

Reimer made an outstanding save midway through the first, kicking his leg into the air while on his side on a close-in shot by Yanni Gourde.

Aho started the Hurricanes’ three-goal first period at 4:49, poking the puck in from along the goal line. Ten of Aho’s 13 goals have come in November.

Martinook stopped a 25-game goal drought skating alone down the slot and scoring at 7:30.

Jordan Martinook, Carolina Hurricanes
Jordan Martinook, Carolina Hurricanes (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Slavin got his first goal in 24 games, making it 3-0, with a waist-high deflection of Aho’s shot with 6.7 seconds left.

Point made it 3-1 with a power-play goal 3:26 into the third when he sent the puck toward the crease and it went off Hamilton’s stick.

Point has six goals in his last six games. Nikita Kucherov assisted on the goal and has seven assists and 10 points during a five-game point streak.

Johnson got Tampa Bay within 3-2 at 8:50 as he snapped an 11-game scoreless streak.

The Lightning had a 13-game point streak (11-0-2) against Carolina stopped.


Tampa Bay D Erik Cernak returned after serving a two-game suspension for elbowing Buffalo’s Rasmus Dahlin in the face on Monday. … Hurricanes C Martin Necas sat out with a lower-body injury. … Lightning D Braydon Coburn (lower body), hurt Friday, is out indefinitely. … Tampa Bay LW Alex Killorn (lower body) was scratched and is day to day.


Hurricanes: Complete a two-game trip Tuesday night at Boston.

Lightning: Play at Nashville on Tuesday night.


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Mark Didtler, The Associated Press