Tyler Johnson Nets Hat Trick In Win
TAMPA, Fla. — Tyler Johnson had three goals, Jake Dotchin scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Tampa Bay also got a goal from Victor Hedman, and Brayden Point had three assists. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 28 saves.
Justin Faulk, Elias Lindholm, Brock McGinn and Sebastian Aho scored for the Hurricanes. Cam Ward stopped 29 shots.
Dotchin got his first goal in 14 games to make it 4-3 at 9:27 of the third before Johnson completed his hat trick and give Tampa Bay a two-goal advantage after stealing the puck from Noah Hanifin and scoring from just outside the crease at 14:54.
Lindholm scored with 1:18 left to cut it to 5-4.
After Johnson’s rebound backhand went into the net off Faulk’s skate at 1:58 of the second, Faulk tied it at 3 with 9:24 left in the period on Carolina’s second power-play goal.
The Hurricanes twice took one-goal leads, on goals by McGinn and Aho, in the first but the period ended at 2-all due to goals by Hedman and Johnson.
Aho was in the lineup three days after leaving Saturday’s 7-1 loss at Boston following a scary looking leg injury.
Chris Kunitz appeared to put Tampa Bay up 4-3 early in the third, but the goal was disallowed following a video replay determined the play was offside.
NOTES: Hedman could not put any weight on his left skate when he left the ice with three minutes left in the second but returned two minutes later. … Tampa Bay D Dan Girardi, who took a slap shot off the back of his neck in Sunday’s game at Detroit, took part in the pregame skate but didn’t play. … Carolina RW Lee Stempniak (upper-body injury) could make his NHL season debut this week. … McGinn stopped an 18-game drought with his first-period goal which came on the power play. … Lightning RW Nikita Kucherov assisted on Hedman’s goal for his 60th point, coming in his 43rd game. Only Vincent Lecavalier, taking 41 games in 2007-08, reached 60 points quicker in Tampa Bay history.
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