JOHNSON SCORES EARLY OT-WINNER AS LIGHTNING TAKE 3-2 SERIES LEAD
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov (2-1-3) tied the game with 3:16 remaining in regulation and Tyler Johnson (1-1-2) scored 53 seconds into overtime to help the Lightning beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 to win Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final and take a 3-2 series lead.
* Johnson scored the Lightning's fastest Stanley Cup Playoff overtime goal, 12 seconds faster than Brad Richards (1:05) in Game 3 of the 2004 Eastern Conference Semifinal at the Montreal Canadiens, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
* Johnson has scored in a playoff career-high three straight games (3-1-4), including the game-winning goal in consecutive games. The Lightning improved to 12-1 since the start of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs when Johnson scores a goal.
* The Lightning improved to 14-8 in 22 playoff overtime games, including 3-1 this postseason and an 11-4 record on the road. Elias notes their .733 winning percentage in such games on the road is the highest in NHL history (minimum: 2 GP).
* Per Elias, when teams are tied 2-2 in a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series, the winner of Game 5 holds an all-time series record of 192-53 (78.3 percent).
Video: TBL@PIT, Gm5: Johnson gives Lightning the series lead
Home Team in Caps
Tampa Bay 4, PITTSBURGH 3 (OT) - TBL leads 3-2
KUCHEROV CONTINUES SCORING WAYS
Kucherov (2-1-3) had his third three-point game of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs and has multiple points in three consecutive games (2-5-7). With an NHL-leading 11 goals in the 2016 postseason, he eclipsed his career high for goals in a playoff year from 2015 (10).
* Per Elias, Kucherov became the third NHL player to score 10 or more goals in multiple postseasons before his 23rd birthday, joining the Chicago Blackhawks' Jeremy Roenick in 1990 (11) and 1992 (12) and the Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin in 2008 (10) and 2009 (14).
DID YOU KNOW?
Per Elias, the 2016 Eastern Conference Final marked the first NHL playoff series in which both teams scored a goal in the opening minute of overtime. In addition to Johnson's goal 53 seconds into overtime in Game 5, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scored 40 seconds into overtime in Game 2.
* The last time two such goals were scored in a playoff series was the 1993 Stanley Cup Final between the Canadiens and Los Angeles Kings. The Canadiens' Eric Desjardins scored 51 seconds into overtime in Game 2 and teammate John LeClair scored 34 seconds into overtime in Game 3.
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves in his 100th playoff game, becoming the 18th NHL goaltender to reach the milestone.
* With seven career game-winning goals in the postseason, all with the Lightning, Johnson tied Brad Richards for second in franchise playoff history.
Video: TBL@PIT, Gm5: Fleury robs Johnson with stellar save
Per Elias, the Lightning tied a franchise record with three overtime wins in a playoff year, also achieved in 2004 and 2015. … Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin opened the scoring with 0.7 seconds left in the first period. It was his first playoff goal, in his 21st game He has one goal in 93 career regular-season games, also against the Lightning, on Dec. 15, 2014. … Penguins forward Chris Kunitz (1-1-2) has scored in a playoff career-high three consecutive games (3-1-4). … Malkin (0-1-1) has 20-25-45 in 36 career regular-season and playoff games against the Lightning. … Canada defeated Finland 2-0in the gold-medal game of the 2016 IIHF World Championship and Russia defeated the United States 7-2 in the bronze-medal game. … Former WWE wrestler Shawn Michaels was in attendance at Consol Energy Center to check out Pittsburgh's "HBK Line."