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Kucherov, Stamkos shine, lift Lightning over Hurricanes 6-4

Carolina will be eliminated if it loses one more game to Tampa Bay
Credit: AP
Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek (34) reacts as Tampa Bay Lightning players celebrate a goal by Tyler Johnson during the second period in Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series Saturday, June 5, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

TAMPA, Fla. — Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos each had two goals and an assist, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-4 to open a commanding lead in their second-round playoff series. 

The defending Stanley Cup champions improved to 10-0 in games following a playoff loss over the past two postseasons. 

They lead the Hurricanes 3-1 in the best-of-seven series heading into Game 5 on Tuesday night at Carolina.