This year’s crop of Stanley Cup playoff games haven’t exactly featured a boatload of scoring, but the lack of offense has been offset by some extremely timely and dramatic goals. After the Washington Capitals managed to beat the New York Rangers with a stunning last-second goal in Game 1 of their series last week, the Lightning decided to get in on the action with a rare hockey “buzzer-beater” of their own on Wednesday night in Tampa Bay.
After some back-and-forth play in the third period, the exhilarating game-winning goal came off the stick of Tampa’s Tyler Johnson with just 1.1 remaining on the clock in the game’s final frame. Johnson’s league-leading eighth goal of the playoffs gave the Lightning a 2-1 win and a commanding 3-0 series lead over Montreal.
The Bolts will have a chance to wrap the sweep on Thursday night at home.