Kunin broke his stick and went to the bench for another. He then skated and beat Alex Nedeljkovic from the inside edge of the left circle.
Goalie Saros Hair set a franchise record of 58 saves to ensure this series returns to Nashville. The fourth game will take place Tuesday night in Carolina.
Ryan Johansen and Nick Cousins each scored a goal, and Mattias Ekholm and Mikael Granlund each had two passes.
It was the first time the two teams made multiple overtime in consecutive games in a series. Nashville improved to 5-3 winning in double overtime for the second straight game, while Carolina dropped to 1-7 on aggregate with a loss while the Hartford Whalers were still out.
Brock McGinn had his first two-game playoff game, and Vincent Trocheck also had a goal for Carolina. Jordan Martinook added two assists.
The catfish had barely been swept away when Nashville caught Carolina on a line change and Kunin beat Nedeljkovic with a backhand leg at 57 seconds for his first set. Trocheck equalized, hitting the puck Martin Necas‘shot in a gust around Saros at 18:03 from the first.
Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour complained about how his Hurricanes were fighting the refs after 14 penalties in Games 2 and 3. His lobbying for officials to call it back and forth allowed Carolina to score two power plays in the first period.
The Hurricanes also escaped a penalty when officials knocked out a minor double after an exam showed the predators ahead. Eeli Tolvanen was caught first by his teammate Mattias EkholmThe stick before the Carolina forward Andrei SvechnikovThe stick hit his face with 80 seconds remaining in the first. Officials are not allowed by the rule to call another penalty in this situation.
Johansen pushed Nashville up 2-1 at 4:53 of a second, reaching about Matt Duchene to return the puck in front of Nedeljkovic on the rebound of a shot from Duchene. The Predators had a rare 2-0 chance a few minutes later, but Nedeljkovic stopped Train Yakov with its right cushion.
McGinn tied it at 2 with 1:55 left in the second. His shot slapped from the outside edge of the left circle came from the far post. McGinn has missed the last 19 games of the regular season with an upper body injury.
He then gave Carolina their first 3-2 lead with a crooked 13 seconds into the start of the third, beating the goalie. Saros Hair stick side.
But the Predators, 1 of 17 on man advantage in this series, equalized their first power play in this game. Dougie Hamilton tripped the Nashville captain Romain Josi, and the redirected cousins Erik Haulashot at 3:15 for his first career playoff goal in Game 25 after not dressing in Game 1 or 2.
They got another when Svechnikov entered the box at 5:15 a.m. for a counter check, but couldn’t beat Nedeljkovic.
SAROS ON THE NET
The Predators goaltender made 113 saves in the first three games of this series, the most saves by a Nashville goaltender in the first three games of the playoffs. Saros tied the franchise record with 52 saves in Game 3 and set it in Game 4.
He became the second goaltender to make 50 or more saves in consecutive playoff games. Curtis Joseph had 61, then 57 for St. Louis in Toronto in 1993. He also joined Jean-Sébastien Giguère (Anaheim 2003) as the only goaltenders to win 2 playoff games with 50 or more saves in the same season. Eight other goaltenders have two career playoff victories with 50 or more saves.
Hurricanes ahead Jordan Steel played his 100th career playoff game.
CELEBRITIES IN HAND
Singer Carrie Underwood and her husband, former captain of the Predators, Mike Fisher, attended the match. Taylor Lewan, left tackle for the NFL Tennessee Titans, drank a beer and ripped off his jersey in a standing ovation in the second period.
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