TAMPA -- Tyler Johnson scored with 1.1 seconds remaining to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Montreal Canadiens at Amalie Arena on Wednesday.
With time running down and the Lightning buzzing in the Canadiens zone, Johnson went to the net, took a pass from defenseman Victor Hedman and put the puck past Montreal goaltender Carey Price. It was Johnson's eighth goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The time on the scoreboard read 0:00 while the Lightning celebrated, but a video review determined the puck went in with 1.1 seconds remaining.
It was the eight consecutive win by the Lightning against the Canadiens this season and gave them a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.
The Lightning can advance to the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 2011 with a win in Game 4 on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).
Brendan Gallagher, on his 23rd birthday, tied the game for the Canadiens at 10:03 of the third period when he slid a rebound behind Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop while Brian Boyle was falling on him. Gallagher's goal came on Montreal's 27 shot while the Lightning had 12, seemingly content up until that point to sit on their 1-0 lead.
The Canadiens began to pressure the Lightning from the second period onward, controlling long segments of the play and hitting the goal post or the crossbar on three occasions.
Montreal's power play let the Canadiens down again, going 0-for-2. It is 1-for-28 in the playoffs.
Bishop continued his stellar play, withstanding a push from the Canadiens over the final 40 minutes and has allowed four goals on 135 shots in his past four games, a save percentage of .970.
|Power Play %||16.5%||18.8%|
|% on Road||10.7%||14.8%|
|% at Home||22.1%||22.9%|
|Tomas Plekanec Tripping - 2 min against Ben Bishop|
|Alexei Emelin Interference - 2 min against Nikita Kucherov|
|Valtteri Filppula Holding - 2 min against David Desharnais|
|Steven Stamkos Tripping - 2 min against Jeff Petry|
|Max Pacioretty Tripping - 2 min against J.T. Brown|