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Rookie Tyler Johnson scores 3 goals to lead Lightning to 5-2 win over Avalanche

Saturday, 01.25.2014 / 9:55 PM / News

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Rookie Tyler Johnson scores 3 goals to lead Lightning to 5-2 win over Avalanche

TAMPA, Fla. - Tyler Johnson scored three goals to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.

With the Lightning leading 3-2, Johnson doubled the advantage with 5:22 remaining and then completed his first career hat trick less than 2 1/2 minutes later. The rookie centre has 16 goals this season.

Mark Barberio and Valtteri Filppula also scored for the Lightning. Martin St. Louis extended his point streak to 10 games with an assist on Johnson's second goal.

Johnson opened the scoring at 7:15 of the first period, Barberio made it 2-0 about 1 1/2 minutes later and Filppula completed Tampa Bay's three-goal period with just under 2 minutes to go.

John Mitchell and Tyson Barrie scored in the second period for Colorado.

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