Tyler Johnson has been Tampa Bay’s best player this postseason and is quickly emerging as a leading contender for the Conn Smythe Trophy.
He may have had his signature moment of the playoffs, on Wednesday night.
That is when Johnson scored the game winning goal with 1.1 second to play in regulation to give the Lightning a 2-1 win to take what should be complete control of their second round series against the Montreal Canadiens.
The Lightning now hold a 3-0 series lead and have a chance to win it on Thursday night. They are now 8-0 against the Canadiens this season.
Johnson’s goal was the latest ever recorded in Stanley Cup playoff history! Unbelievable finish. Tyler Johnson was an undrafted player, who emerged last year as a Rookie of the Year candidate. Needless to say, after his performances this post-season Tyler Johnson has become a household name.
Last year this young Tampa Bay franchise was swept by the same Montréal Canadiens. This time around the fortunes have changed. On Thursday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning will have a chance to do the same thing to a team that many people in Canada thought was the best chance of the Stanley Cup in many years…
The big reasons for Tampa Bay’s turnaround this season: Ben Bishop is between the pipes. A rebuild veteran defense. One more year of experience for a young dangerous offense.
In my opinion, this team was sleepwalking through round one against the Detroit Red Wings. Now of course, they have a stranglehold on their second-round series against the Canadians.