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Johnson's goal gives Lightning 3-0 lead vs. Canadiens

Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 10:04 PM

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

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Johnson's goal gives Lightning 3-0 lead vs. Canadiens
Montréal Canadiens 1, Tampa Bay Lightning 2
Three Stars of the Game
Tyler Johnson
1st
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:56
Ben Bishop
2nd
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
GA: 1
PIM: 0
SV%: .968
Carey Price
3rd
SA: 19TOI: 59:59
GA: 2
PIM: 0
SV%: .895

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.

Montreal native Alex Killorn opened the scoring at 12:00 of the first period when he completed a nifty give-and-go play with Steven Stamkos to get in on Price and beat him to the glove side.

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.

scoring summary
1st Period
12:00
TBL
Alex Killorn (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Steven Stamkos (6)
1 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
10:03
MTL
Brendan Gallagher (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Tom Gilbert (2), Greg Pateryn (3)
1 - 1 Tie
19:58
TBL
Tyler Johnson (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Victor Hedman (5), Ondrej Palat (3)
2 - 1 TBL
Power Play Stats
Power Plays0/20/3
Power Play %16.5%18.8%
% on Road10.7%14.8%
% at Home22.1%22.9%
League Rank23rd14th
penalty summary
1st Period
07:24
MTL
Tomas Plekanec  Tripping  - 2 min against  Ben Bishop
15:50
MTL
Alexei Emelin  Interference  - 2 min against  Nikita Kucherov
18:56
TBL
Valtteri Filppula  Holding  - 2 min against  David Desharnais
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
04:22
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Tripping  - 2 min against  Jeff Petry
07:24
MTL
Max Pacioretty  Tripping  - 2 min against  J.T. Brown
goalie stats
Carey Price
SA: 19TOI: 59:59
GA: 2SV%: .895
Ben Bishop
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
GA: 1SV%: .968