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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Monday, May 18

by NHL Public Relations / NHL.com

MONDAY’S RESULT

Home Team in Caps

Tampa Bay 6, NY RANGERS 2 – series tied 1-1

JOHNSON POSTS HAT TRICK TO EVEN SERIES WITH RANGERS

Tyler Johnson scored a shorthanded goal and a power-play goal in the first period and added an even-strength goal for his first career hat trick in the postseason, helping the Tampa Bay Lightning even its series against the New York Rangers at 1-1.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Johnson (3-0—3) became the first player in Lightning franchise history to have a hat trick in the postseason.

* Johnson paces all scorers in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs with 11 goals and 16 points (11-5—16). Johnson’s third goal of the night also became his League-leading fourth game-winning goal of the postseason.

* Alex Killorn (2-1—3) scored twice and had an assist for the first three-point game of his playoff career.

* Steven Stamkos (1-1—2) scored a power-play goal and had an assist for his third multiple-point game of the playoffs. Stamkos is 4-5—9 in his last seven games, compared 0-3—3 in his first eight games.

* Ben Bishop made 35 saves – including a sprawling left pad stop on New York’s Jesper Fast in the third period – to improve to 9-6 in this year's playoffs; he has a 1.83 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage. Bishop improved to 9-1-0 in 10 career decisions vs. the Rangers (regular season and playoffs included).

* Nikita Kucherov (0-3—3) had three assists and has posted 2-4—6 in his last three games. Valtteri Filppula (0-2—2) had two assists.

* The Lightning improved to 5-1-0 in their last six games vs. the Rangers (regular season and playoffs included) dating to a 2-1 win on Jan. 14, 2014. That includes a record of 4-1-0 at Madison Square Garden.

* The Lightning also defeated the Rangers 6-3 on Dec. 1, 2014; that was the last time New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist surrendered five or more goals prior to Game 2.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau:

* Johnson became the first player in Lightning franchise history to score a shorthanded goal and a power-play goal in a single playoff period. The last player to score a shorthanded goal and a power-play goal in the same playoff period was Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux, who did so on April 13, 2013, during the second period in Game 2 of the EQF at the Pittsburgh Penguins (8-5 W).

* Johnson was the first player to score a shorthanded goal, a power-play goal and an even-strength goal in a playoff game since Giroux did so in the same game against the Penguins. He also had three assists in that game for a six-point night.

* Johnson was the first player to score a shorthanded goal and a power-play goal in the first period of a playoff game since Boston’s Rick Middleton did so in a 9-0 win against the Buffalo Sabres on April 20, 1983.

* Johnson’s four multiple-goal games in one playoff year are a Lightning franchise record. Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards held the previous record of three, which they had during the team’s run to the Stanley Cup in 2004 (23 GP each).

* The last player to register four or more multigoal games in a single postseason was Jamie Langenbrunner of the New Jersey Devils; he had four during the team’s run to the Stanley Cup in 2003 (24 GP).

* Johnson’s League-leading 11 goals in this year's playoffs (15 GP) are one shy of tying the Lightning franchise record for goals in one playoff year. Ruslan Fedotenko and Brad Richards each scored 12 goals during the team’s run to the Stanley Cup in 2004 (22 and 23 GP, respectively).

LOOSE PUCKS

New York’s streak of playoff games decided by one goal ended at 15, dating to last year (since Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings. It's the longest such streak in Stanley Cup Playoff history. ... Tampa Bay forward Ondrej Palat (0-1—1) extended his point streak to three games (2-2—4). ... Rangers forward Chris Kreider scored his team-leading sixth goal of the postseason. ... Rangers forward Derek Stepan scored his second power-play goal of the postseason and extended his point streak to five games, which includes goals in a playoff career-high three straight games (3-3—6). ... Rangers forward Martin St. Louis (0-2—2) and defenseman Dan Boyle (0-2—2) each had two assists. ... Rangers defenseman Marc Staal skated in his 82nd playoff game, tying defenseman Brian Leetch for fifth on the franchise’s all-time playoff games played list overall and for third among Rangers defensemen.

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