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Top Playoff Moments: No. 7 - Tyler Johnson nets a hat trick against the Rangers

by Bryan Burns / Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning capped an incredible run through the postseason with the franchise’s second-ever trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

Although the Lightning were defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks in six tight Cup Final games, the playoff ride will be remembered by Tampa Bay fans for its resilience and exhilaration.

In one final salute to the 2014-15 Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning, we’ve ranked the top 11 Bolts’ moments from the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Why 11?

Because there were too many candidates to squeeze into just 10 spots.

Relive the Bolts’ journey to the Stanley Cup Final and enjoy the experience for a second time.

11. STAMKOS HEADLOCKS QUINCEY, RED WINGS INTO SUBMISSION
10. KUCH COMES TO THE RESCUE (PART I)
9. STAMKOS ENDS GOAL DROUGHT
8. KUCH COMES TO THE RESCUE (PART II)
7. TYLER JOHNSON HATTY IN NEW YORK

Lightning All-Star center Tyler Johnson led the National Hockey League in goals (13) during the playoffs and tied Chicago’s Patrick Kane for the postseason scoring lead (23 points).

His greatest individual performance came in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final with the Lightning in a one-game-to-none hole to the New York Rangers.

Johnson registered the first playoff hat trick in Lightning history and scored the team’s first three goals in a 6-2 blowout win at Madison Square Garden that left the series split one game apiece heading back to Amalie Arena.

Johnson showed off his full arsenal in Game 2. He scored the game’s opening goal on a shorthanded breakaway, outracing former Bolts captain Martin St. Louis to the opposite goal and depositing a rebound past Henrik Lundqvist.

He scored on a 4-on-3 power play less than six minutes later, getting the puck in close, faking a pass to Ondrej Palat on the far post before blistering a wrist shot into the back of the net.

Johnson capped his personal scoring barrage by jamming home a rebound off of Palat’s blocked shot to put the Bolts up 3-1 midway through the second period.

Johnson scored playoff goals Nos. 9, 10 and 11 in Game 2 versus the Rangers and would go on to net 13 during the postseason, setting a Lightning franchise record for most goals in a single playoffs.

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