Michael Carcone scored his third goal of the night with 7:29 gone in overtime and Toronto evened up the Eastern Conference Finals with a 4-3 win over Charlotte at Coca-Cola Coliseum on Thursday.
The pivotal Game 5 of the best-of-seven is set for Friday night in Toronto (7 ET, AHLTV, TSN2).
Carcone carried the puck through the neutral zone, reached the right-wing circle and snapped a shot past Alex Nedeljkovic to complete his first career hat trick. Carcone’s four points were also a personal best.
Charlotte led twice in the third period but the Marlies pulled even both teams. Carcone got a piece of Jesper Lindgren‘s point shot to make it 2-2 with 14:53 remaining, and Jeremy Bracco banked a shot off Nedeljkovic from a low angle to tie it at 3-3 with 8:44 to play.
Back in net after being pulled after two periods of work in Game 3, Kasimir Kaskisuo (9-2) made 29 saves to pick up the win for Toronto.
Nedeljkovic (7-3) finished with 24 stops for the Checkers.
The Marlies are 3-0 in overtime this postseason and have now won eight consecutive playoff OT games, tied for the third-longest such streak in AHL history.
Eastern Conference Finals – Series “M” (best-of-7)
A1-Charlotte Checkers vs. N3-Toronto Marlies
Game 1 – Fri., May 17 – Toronto 2, CHARLOTTE 1 | Recap/Highlights
Game 2 – Sat., May 18 – CHARLOTTE 5, Toronto 3 | Recap/Highlights
Game 3 – Tue., May 21 – Charlotte 5, TORONTO 1 | Recap/Highlights
Game 4 – Thu., May 23 – TORONTO 4, Charlotte 3 (OT)
Game 5 – Fri., May 24 – Charlotte at Toronto, 7:00, AHLTV, TSN2
Game 6 – Sun., May 26 – Toronto at Charlotte, 7:00, AHLTV
*Game 7 – Tue., May 28 – Toronto at Charlotte, 7:00, AHLTV
*if necessary… All times Eastern