Johnson Hits the Hat Trick as the Lightning Double up the Canes

By on October 17, 2018

Tampa, Fla. – It was a battle for sixty minutes on Tuesday night as the Lightning, led by a Tyler Johnson hat trick, earned the 4-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

“I don’t worry too much about hat tricks,” Johnson said. “I’m more happy that we won that game. I was probably more pumped that [Yanni Gourde] scored that third one than anything. I’ve been playing with some good players and had some good opportunities tonight.”

The first period was back and forth, with the Lightning attempting to capitalize on chances of their own between numerous onslaughts from the Hurricanes, directed at the Bolts backup goalie, Louis Domingue, who made his first start of the season.

Tyler Johnson (Photo-Travis Failey)

The Hurricanes opened the scoring when winger Micheal Ferland rifled a wide open one-timer past Domingue with 9:35 remaining in the first.

Johnson responded less than three minutes later when rookie Mathieu Joseph raced past his defender and set up Johnson with a pass just outside of the crease. The goal came shorthanded, the Bolts second shorthanded goal in four games.

Going into the locker room after the first period, despite the Lightning trailing 12 to eight in shots and playing four minutes down a man, the score remained tied.

In the second it was a much more even affair, with the Bolts totaling 13 shots to Carolina’s 14 in the period. The Lightning did also give the Hurricanes four more minutes on the power play, but the penalty kill unit continued to play their role perfectly.

Mathieu Joseph (Photo-Travis Failey)

In four games, the Lightning have yet to concede a goal on the penalty kill.

Just over six minutes into the second Lightning winger Adam Erne took the puck across the blue line and into the Hurricanes zone on a pass from J.T. Miller. Immediately after entering the offensive zone, Erne dished a perfect pass to Johnson who split two defenders and used his speed to collapse on the crease and finish the opportunity for his second goal of the night, giving the Lightning a 2-1 lead.

The Hurricanes, not to be outdone, replied with pressure. A hooking penalty to Alex Killorn ensured Carolina’s momentum swing and shortly after the Bolts returned to even strength, a turnover from Steven Stamkos allowed Hurricanes’ center Martin Necas to knot it up again, this time 2-2, with 7:12 remaining in the period.

Again, the two teams entered their locker rooms tied.

Yanni Gourde (Photo-Travis Failey)

Six minutes into the third period the Bolts were awarded their first power play opportunity of the game on a hooking penalty to Necas and the Bolts were quick to capitalize.

After a misplayed puck behind the Hurricanes’ net found the stick of the Bolts’ Ondrej Palat, a quick pass to the crease found the games’ hero Yanni Gourde. Gourde tried to put a quick shot on goal, lost control of the puck momentarily, but was able to gather and finish, allowing the Lightning to pull ahead on what would be the eventual game-winner.

“[Palat] made a very good pass to me,” Gourde said. “I tried to get it off as quick as I could but it hopped over my stick. When I finally got the puck back I shot it right away and I think it squeezed through his arm. That’s basically it.”

That’s it was right.

Tyler Johnson would add one more empty net goal with 1:56 remaining in regulation, completing the hat trick and all but closing out a spectacular performance by the Lightning, specifically Johnson and Domingue.

Domingue made 38 saves on 40 shots on goal in his season debut, and rookie Mathieu Joseph notched his first NHL point on an assist to Johnson in the first period.

“[Joseph’s] been playing extremely well for us,” Johnson said. “He deserves to be here, he deserves to be in the lineup and I see him progressing every single day.”

The Lightning will play again on Thursday, October 16th at 7:30 p.m. as the Detroit Red Wings travel to Tampa for the two teams’ first matchup of the season.

Domingue was solid and got the win (Photo-Travis Failey)

Carolina Hurricanes
FORWARDS
S. Aho LW
DEFENSEMEN
TIME ON ICE FACEOFFS
G
A
+/-
S
SM
BS
PN
PIM
HT
TK
GV
SHFT
TOI
PPTOI
SHTOI
ESTOI
FW
FL
%
0 1 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 24 20:12 4:20 0:00 15:52 7 8 46.7
1 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 23 19:18 2:57 0:00 16:21 2 1 66.7
0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 21 15:09 0:00 0:40 14:29 1 0 100.0
0 0 -1 2 2 1 0 0 1 2 0 22 14:42 0:13 0:40 13:49 0 1 0.0
0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 16 10:29 0:13 0:27 9:49 0 1 0.0
1 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 14 6:43 0:00 0:00 6:43 4 5 44.4
0 0 -1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 17:11 4:08 0:27 12:36 13 9 59.1
0 0 -3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 23 16:43 3:27 0:00 13:16 0 0 0.0
0 1 1 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 24 20:26 4:20 0:00 16:06 0 0 0.0
0 0 -1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 14:30 0:25 0:00 14:05 6 8 42.9
0 0 -2 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 24 18:23 3:27 0:00 14:56 1 0 100.0
0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 17 11:38 4:20 0:00 7:18 0 0 0.0
G
A
+/-
S
SM
BS
PN
PIM
HT
TK
GV
SHFT
TOI
PPTOI
SHTOI
ESTOI
FW
FL
%
0 0 -1 2 1 2 0 0 1 0 1 24 20:19 5:03 0:00 15:16 0 0 0.0
0 0 0 7 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 25 22:06 3:27 0:00 18:39 0 0 0.0
0 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 24 18:39 0:00 0:27 18:12 0 0 0.0
0 0 -1 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 25 22:25 3:27 0:27 18:31 0 0 0.0
0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 2 22 16:45 0:13 0:40 15:52 0 0 0.0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 15:42 0:00 0:40 15:02 0 0 0.0
GOALIES
SA
GA
SV
SV%
ESSV
PPSV
SHSV
SOSA
SOS
TOI
PIM
26 3 23 .885 21 1 1 0 0 57:33 0
* – A player receives a “plus” if he is on the ice when his Club scores an even-strength or shorthand goal. He receives a “minus” if he is on the ice for an even-strength or shorthand goal scored by the opposing Club. The difference in these numbers is considered the player’s plus-minus statistic.
Tampa Bay Lightning
FORWARDS
DEFENSEMEN
TIME ON ICE FACEOFFS
G
A
+/-
S
SM
BS
PN
PIM
HT
TK
GV
SHFT
TOI
PPTOI
SHTOI
ESTOI
FW
FL
%
0 0 -1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 20 16:50 0:00 5:36 11:14 7 8 46.7
0 1 1 2 0 0 1 2 2 0 0 17 9:37 0:00 0:00 9:37 0 0 0.0
1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 23 16:55 0:19 3:33 13:03 3 3 50.0
3 0 2 6 0 2 1 2 0 0 1 24 17:43 0:19 1:15 16:09 8 11 42.1
0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 19 12:15 0:00 1:09 11:06 0 1 0.0
0 0 -1 2 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 21 14:12 0:48 1:30 11:54 0 0 0.0
0 1 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 21 17:36 0:48 0:00 16:48 0 0 0.0
0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 12:01 0:48 0:00 11:13 4 2 66.7
0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 20 15:04 0:19 0:00 14:45 0 3 0.0
0 0 0 2 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 19 10:34 0:00 1:29 9:05 6 2 75.0
0 0 0 3 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 20 14:21 0:19 0:00 14:02 1 1 50.0
0 0 -1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 22 15:59 0:48 1:28 13:43 4 3 57.1
G
A
+/-
S
SM
BS
PN
PIM
HT
TK
GV
SHFT
TOI
PPTOI
SHTOI
ESTOI
FW
FL
%
0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 20 13:58 0:00 0:21 13:37 0 0 0.0
0 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 26 19:47 0:00 3:03 16:44 0 0 0.0
0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 26 21:58 0:48 3:03 18:07 0 0 0.0
0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 3 1 1 25 23:45 0:00 4:36 19:09 0 0 0.0
0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 1 3 21 15:46 0:19 0:13 15:14 0 0 0.0
0 0 -1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 23:39 0:00 4:44 18:55 0 0 0.0
GOALIES
SA
GA
SV
SV%
ESSV
PPSV
SHSV
SOSA
SOS
TOI
PIM
40 2 38 .950 26 0 12 0 0 60:00 0
* – A player receives a “plus” if he is on the ice when his Club scores an even-strength or shorthand goal. He receives a “minus” if he is on the ice for an even-strength or shorthand goal scored by the opposing Club. The difference in these numbers is considered the player’s plus-minus statistic.
1ST PERIOD
10:25 Micheal Ferland (4)

Assists: Teuvo Teravainen, Sebastian Aho
1 0
12:42 Tyler Johnson (1) (Shorthanded)

Assists: Mathieu Joseph, Dan Girardi
1 1
2ND PERIOD
6:07 Tyler Johnson (2)

Assists: Adam Erne, J.T. Miller
1 2
12:48 Martin Necas (1)

Assists: Warren Foegele, Valentin Zykov
2 2
3RD PERIOD
7:02 Yanni Gourde (2) (Power Play)

Assists: Ondrej Palat
2 3
18:04 Tyler Johnson (3)

Assists: Nikita Kucherov, Dan Girardi
2 4
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