Lightning take 2-0 series lead over Red Wings

Sat Apr 16, 2016 1:13am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - For the second game in a row, Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn combined for a go-ahead goal in the third period, sparking the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night at Amalie Arena and a 2-0 lead in the opening-round series in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

On Wednesday, Johnson fed Killorn for the game-winner with 11:08 left in the game. Two nights later, it was Killorn off a pass from Johnson. Killorn skated behind the net and passed the puck back to Johnson, who poked it in around the near post for a 3-2 lead with 13:28 to play, two minutes after Detroit had tied the score.

Johnson followed with a second goal with 5:12 left after Nikita Kucherov tracked down a loose puck deep in the Detroit zone and fed Johnson for the score.

Killorn got in on the scoring, too, flicking a long shot off the boards for an empty-net goal with 2:44 left.

A physical series saw a major brawl in the final minute with the game's outcome long decided, clearing the ice as infractions were sorted out -- a total of 77 minutes in penalties.

The series moves to Detroit, which plays host to Game 3 on Sunday. The home team has won all six meetings between the teams this season.

For the second straight game, Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop outdueled Detroit's Jimmy Howard by making 30 saves.

Detroit nearly scored with seven minutes left as a high shot caromed off Bishop and off Tampa Bay's Ryan Callahan, but it landed on the side of the net, just missing a tying goal.

Tampa Bay is up 2-0 despite playing without top scorer Steven Stamkos, but the Lightning has gotten seven goals from one prolific line in two games: three from Kucherov and two each from linemates Johnson and Killorn.   Continued...

Apr 15, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) celebrates with Tampa Bay Lightning center Alex Killorn (17) after he scored a goal against the Detroit Red Wings during the third period of the game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports