The Tampa Bay Lightning ended their three-game skid against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night with a 5-2 win. The Lightning are hoping to bounce back from this slump and start playing like the 2015 Stanley Cup final team they once were. The number of injuries the Lighting have received this year has been critical to their success. Especially with sharp shooter Steven Stamkos being out of play since November 15th with a meniscal tear in his right knee. However things are looking up with the play from goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy who had 34 saves in relief for Ben Bishop. Tyler Johnson contributed 2 goals in the third period that were 30 seconds apart. “It’s nice being back here and realizing we were two wins away from a Stanley Cup, pretty much the exact same team. We know what we can do. It’s a matter of doing it.”
Along with Johnson’s 2 goals, Brian Boyle, Nikita Nesterov, and Nikita Kucherov all chipped in with a goal a piece. Alex Killorn and Valtteri Flippula set up those points with 2 assists each. Killorn stated that the Lightning “had a chat” about their play in the 2015 finals and it seems like it spark-plugged the team to skate back to their former Stanley Cup selves. Tampa was far more aggressive on Tuesday, sticking Chicago with 29 hits and attempting 36 shots on goal. With numbers like that, Tampa will be a force to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference.
The game was tied up with 2 a piece at 2:47 into the third. Johnson then scored his first goal of the night at 6:14 and his second goal at 6:44 into the third period. Tampa played fast and with a sense of urgency in the third period, something the Tampa Bay fans have been anticipating for several games. Tampa will head to Florida on Thursday night to conclude their six-game road trip. The Lightning will be back on their home ice next Tuesday the 31st against the Bruins.