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Tyler Johnson fan catches his stick in Philadelphia

Lightning rooter fetches prized possession at road game in Philadelphia @NHLdotcom

Johnson loses stick into crowd

TBL@PHI: Johnson's stick gets sent into stands

Brandon Manning lifts Tyler Johnson's stick up and over the boards into the hands of a Lightning fan wearing a Tyler Johnson shirt

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The Wells Fargo Center is one of the most unforgiving places in the NHL for visiting fans, but one Tampa Bay Lightning rooter was rewarded for his bravery Saturday.

Josh Kerr, a Lightning fan from Philadelphia who wore the jersey-shirt of Tampa Bay forward Tyler Johnson, caught one of Johnson's sticks that was knocked out of his hands and over the glass during the third period of Tampa Bay's road game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Tweet from @TBLightning: Johnny's stick, meet Josh.Josh, meet @tjohnny09.Of all the fans in Philly... ������ #TBLvsPHI

"I think it's ironic that I got to catch Tyler Johnson's stick after wearing his jersey," Kerr said. "First time I caught anything, so I'm happy."

Kerr lived for a time just outside Johnson's hometown of Spokane, Washington, and became a Lightning fan after living in Tampa for a few years. Johnson was excited when he found out a fan wearing his paraphernalia came down with his stick.

"Someone told me someone with my jersey caught it. That's pretty cool," he said. "Glad I can give a souvenir to someone who cares."  

Tweet from @tjohnny09: Well that was a new one... glad it went to someone who wanted it. Nice to meet you Josh!

The circumstance was appropriate for the kind of day it was for Johnson and Lightning fans. Johnson scored a power-play goal, and despite being outshot 32-18, the Lightning left Philadelphia with a 3-0 victory.

With NHL Real-Time Correspondents Lukas Emory and Courtney Kramer

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