Hurricanes' Fast: We can '100%' come back to eliminate Lightning
The Carolina Hurricanes still believe they can advance to the final four in the Stanley Cup Playoffs despite a 6-4 loss Saturday that gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-1 series lead in their second-round matchup.
"100% ... I fully believe if we play our way and stay out of the box, we're going to turn this series around," Hurricanes forward Jesper Fast said without hesitation postgame.
Fast, who scored one of the eight goals the two teams combined to produce in a frenetic second period, cited special teams as the difference in the contest.
"(In the) second period, we started to take over and we had the momentum, and then we made it a little too hard on ourselves by taking too many penalties," he said.
The Lightning scored three power-play goals on six chances in the game, and all three came during the middle frame. Steve Stamkos netted a pair and Nikita Kucherov tallied one of his two markers in the contest with the man advantage before adding an even-strength goal as insurance in the third.
Carolina earned only two power plays in the game and failed to convert on either of them.
Game 5 is scheduled for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. ET.