The Carolina Hurricanes had just outplayed the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second period and momentum was on their side. They were competing against a team who had played the night before, as well as in their third game in four nights. Only down 2-1, the home team should have had the advantage in the upcoming, deciding third period.

But to start the third, the Lightning scored their third goal of the night and instead of responding with a goal of their own, the Hurricanes began a parade to the penalty box.

At 1:56 into the period, Tim Brent was called for tripping. A little over two minutes after that, Chad LaRose was called for interference. Then at the 9:36 mark, Jussi Jokinen was called for hooking.