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Johnson, Lightning defeat Red Wings to force Game 7

Monday, 04.27.2015 / 10:16 PM

Paul Harris - NHL.com Correspondent

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Johnson, Lightning defeat Red Wings to force Game 7
Tampa Bay Lightning 5, Detroit Red Wings 2
Three Stars of the Game
Tyler Johnson
1st
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 17:59
Nikita Kucherov
2nd
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 3Hits: 4
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 17:08
Tomas Tatar
3rd
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 17:54

DETROIT -- Tyler Johnson scored two goals and the Tampa Bay Lightning forced Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Detroit Red Wings with a 5-2 win Monday at Joe Louis Arena.

Game 7 is Wednesday in Tampa (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Alex Killorn, Jason Garrison and Cedric Paquette also scored for Tampa Bay. Nikita Kucherov had three assists, and Ben Bishop made 22 saves.

Tomas Tatar scored Detroit's goals, and Petr Mrazek made 23 saves.

Tatar brought the Red Wings to within 3-2 at 1:39 of the third period with his second goal of the night. Off a faceoff in the Lightning zone, he got control of a bouncing puck in front of the net, turned around and put it past Bishop for his third goal of the playoffs.

But Killorn scored with 5:09 left to restore Tampa Bay's two-goal lead. He picked up a loose puck, cut around Detroit defenseman Marek Zidlicky and tucked a shot under the crossbar for his second goal of the playoffs.

Paquette scored a shorthanded goal into an empty net in the final minute.

Johnson opened the scoring 3:47 into the game. He cut in off the left wing, got around Detroit defenseman Dan DeKeyser, and beat Mrazek high on the short side from the bottom of the left circle.

The play was set up by a long pass from Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman from his own zone to Kucherov just outside the Red Wings blue line. Kucherov then passed to Johnson, who had built up speed coming down the right side.

Garrison made it 2-0 with 9:50 left in the first period. He moved in on a rush to make it a 4-on-3, took a cross-ice pass from Steven Stamkos and beat Mrazek with a wrist shot from the inside edge of the left circle that went just inside the left post before Mrazek could come across the crease. It was Garrison's first goal of the playoffs.

Johnson's second goal of the night made it 3-0 at 9:09 of the second period. He put in a wrist shot from the high slot off the rush for his sixth goal of the series.

Tatar put Detroit on the board with a power-play goal with 7:34 left in the second. He beat Bishop with a wrist shot from the right circle.

Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall laid a heavy check on Kucherov with about a minute left in the middle period just inside the Tampa Bay zone. Kronwall's shoulder and elbow made contact with Kucherov's head, but there was no penalty.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:47
TBL
Tyler Johnson (5) ASST: Nikita Kucherov (2), Victor Hedman (3)
1 - 0 TBL
11:10
TBL
Jason Garrison (1) ASST: Steven Stamkos (3), Nikita Kucherov (3)
2 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
09:09
TBL
Tyler Johnson (6) ASST: Ondrej Palat (2), Nikita Kucherov (4)
3 - 0 TBL
12:26
DET
PPG - Tomas Tatar (2) ASST: Niklas Kronwall (2)
3 - 1 TBL
3rd Period
01:39
DET
Tomas Tatar (3) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (2)
3 - 2 TBL
14:51
TBL
Alex Killorn (2) ASST: NONE
4 - 2 TBL
19:03
TBL
SHG - EN - Cedric Paquette (1) ASST: NONE
5 - 2 TBL
Power Play Stats
Power Plays0/21/7
Power Play %18.8%23.8%
% on Road14.8%20.7%
% at Home22.9%26.6%
League Rank14th2nd
penalty summary
1st Period
12:23
TBL
Ondrej Palat  Hooking against  Danny DeKeyser
16:58
TBL
Andrej Sustr  Roughing against  Darren Helm
2nd Period
02:49
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Hi-sticking against  Nikita Kucherov
03:33
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Slashing against  Petr Mrazek
03:33
TBL
Tyler Johnson  Roughing against  Jonathan Ericsson
03:33
DET
Jonathan Ericsson  Roughing against  Tyler Johnson
03:33
DET
Jonathan Ericsson  Roughing against  Tyler Johnson
06:02
TBL
Ryan Callahan  Cross checking against  Kyle Quincey
09:34
TBL
Alex Killorn  Roughing against  Jonathan Ericsson
11:16
TBL
Victor Hedman  Slashing against  Justin Abdelkader
13:17
DET
Luke Glendening  Hooking against  Tyler Johnson
20:00
TBL
Cedric Paquette  Roughing against  Justin Abdelkader
20:00
DET
Justin Abdelkader  Roughing against  Cedric Paquette
3rd Period
01:58
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Interference on goalkeeper against  Petr Mrazek
16:34
TBL
Ryan Callahan  Roughing against  Drew Miller
16:34
DET
Drew Miller  Roughing against  Ryan Callahan
18:46
TBL
Braydon Coburn  Cross checking against  Henrik Zetterberg
goalie stats
Ben Bishop
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0
Petr Mrazek
SA: 27TOI: 57:46
Saves: 23EV: 18 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .852SH: 1 - 1