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NHL playoffs: 3 stories from Lightning, Rangers Game 2

05/18/2015 11:44 EDT | Updated 05/18/2016 05:59 EDT
The Tampa Bay Lightning found the offensive spark they were missing en route to a 6-2 victory over the New York Rangers that squared the Eastern Conference final at one game apiece.

Here are three stories from Game 2:

Bolts buck 1 trend, continue another

For the first time in this year's playoffs, the Rangers were not involved in a one-goal game.

Unfortunately for the Rangers, Tampa's margin of victory was obviously the largest against New York in 14 post-season contests and the six spot was also the most allowed by the Blueshirts over that same span.

But the Lightning's offensive outburst wasn't overly surprising in this case, especially when considering their recent success against the Rangers and, in particular, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

Alex Killorn contributed a pair of goals for the Lightning, with Steven Stamkos also finding the net for his fourth goal of the playoffs.

The Tyler Johnson show

Tyler Johnson didn't just lift his team to an impressive victory, he also became the first player in Lightning history to register a playoff hat trick.

Johnson's marker to open the scoring in the first period will be discussed in more detail below. 

For now, the 24-year-old centre is the 2014-15 post-season leader with 11 goals and 16 total points. Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks is second with 15 points. 

Tough start for Martin St. Louis

Rangers forward Martin St. Louis' night didn't exactly begin in the smoothest fashion.

Early in the first period, the 39 year old whiffed on a chance to give New York a lead against his former team.

Moments later, with the Rangers on a 5-on-3 advantage, St. Louis made an especially costly turnover inside Tampa's zone.

Johnson picked up the loose puck and skated in on a breakaway with St. Louis in tow. But St. Louis crashed into Lundqvist as the puck awkwardly crossed the goal-line.

St. Louis was able to atone for the error (at least briefly) when he tallied an assist on Chris Kreider's equalizer three minutes after Johnson's opening goal. 

Johnson spoke to reporters about the incident in his post-game interview:

"Yeah, I think Marty kind of stumbled there. Killorn made a great play, head's up play, to be able to get the puck. I kind of took off and he was able to find me.

"Actually, the entire way I kind of yelled 'drop pass' to Killorn, but he was yelling, 'no, no, no.' So I'm glad he was talking on it. Kind of got lucky, Lundqvist made a save, came back and I was able to get the rebound just enough."

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