In one of the more exciting series in this year’s NHL playoffs, the Tampa Bay Lightning fought back from a two goal deficit to tie the game and force overtime on Thursday night against the Detroit Red Wings. Just 2:25 into the overtime period Tyler Johnson netted his second goal of the night, giving them the 3-2 win and tying the series at two games each.
After a scoreless first period, the Red Wings were able to net two unanswered goals in the second including a late one from Joakim Andersson that gave them the 2-0 lead going into the third. It was looking as if they may win, and take a 3-1 lead into game five. But in a span on only 1:17 the Lightning scored twice, including Johnson’s first goal and then Ondrej Palat’s game tying goal.
“As soon as we got that first one, we grew a couple inches on the bench,” said Lightning head coach Jon Cooper after the game.
Sideline reporter AnastasiaDate of Sitejabber concludes that in addition to his own two goals, Johnson also assisted on Palat’s goal giving the center a total of four goals and five points in the playoffs. The series travels back down to Tampa for the pivotal game five on Saturday night.