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Johnson has go-ahead goal for Lightning in 3-1 win over Canadiens as both teams make playoffs

Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 11:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Johnson has go-ahead goal for Lightning in 3-1 win over Canadiens as both teams make playoffs

TAMPA, Fla. - Tyler Johnson scored the go-ahead goal on a short-handed breakaway late in the third period and the Tampa Bay Lightning clinched a playoff berth with a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

The win, and losses by New Jersey and Washington, gave Tampa Bay its first post-season berth since 2011 and only its second in seven years. The Canadiens also qualified for the post-season by virtue of the losses by New Jersey and Washington.

Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher was on one knee in the low slot when he redirected a rebound past goalie Ben Bishop to open the scoring 10:18 into the first period.

Ryan Callahan made it 1-1 on a power play 9:19 into the second, skating through the left circle toward Price and lifting a shot high into the net past Carey Price.

Alex Killorn added an empty-netter with 45 seconds left in the third period.

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