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Johnson Leads Lightning to Game 2 Victory

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Forward Nets Two Goals to help Tampa go up 2-0 in Series


TAMPA-Last spring, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson made himself known when he scored six goals in the Lightning’s seven-game series win over the Detroit Red Wings. This spring, both teams are meeting again in the first round and Johnson seems he’s going to be up to his old tricks again.

Johnson scored two goals and had four points to lead Tampa to a 5-2 win over the Red Wings Friday night at Amalie Arena to give the Lightning a 2-0 lead in the series.

After falling 3-2 in Game 1, Detroit came out with conviction, hoping to tie the series. They outshot Tampa 15-12 in the first period, but found themselves down 1-0 with 4:43 left in the opening frame when Nikita Kucherov scored on the power-play to get his third goal of the series.

In the second, the Red Wings would tie the game when rookie Dylan Larkin netted his first career playoff marker 3:30 into the period.

Just over three minutes later, however, the Lightning would regain the lead when veteran center Brian Boyle scored his first of the postseason to put Tampa up 2-1. That would be how things would head to the third period.

Just how they did in the second period, Detroit would tie things up in the first five minutes of the frame when Brad Richards scored on the power-play to get his first goal of the playoffs 4:27 into the third. Johnson, though, would then take over the game.

The 25-year-old would give the Lightning a 3-2 lead just 2:05 after Richards tied the game with his first of the postseason. With 5:12 remaining in the game, Johnson notched his second of the contest to give Tampa a 4-2 advantage.

Alex Killorn would then seal the deal for the home team with an empty-net goal with 2:44 left to put a bow on the Lightning’s 5-2 win.

However, that would not be the last of the fireworks as both teams got into a line brawl in front of the Tampa net with under a minute to go that left Lightning forward Mike Blunden bloodied and resulted in four of the five Red Wings skaters receiving misconducts.

Johnson finished with assists on Tampa’s first and last goals to go along with the two goals he scored.

The Lightning will now take a 2-0 series lead into Detroit Sunday night for Game 3 (7 pm ET, CNBC).

Three Stars of the Game:

1st Star: Tyler Johnson, TBL

2nd Star: Jonathan Drouin, TBL

3rd Star: Ryan Callahan, TBL