Johnson netted the game-winning goal in overtime Sunday, helping the Lightning to a 3-2 series advantage against the Penguins. Johnson also had the primary assist on Nikita Kucherov's marker in the third period to tie the game. With four points and goals in three consecutive games -- including game-winners in his last two -- Johnson has been a nightmare for the Penguins in this series. Remember, he took a puck to the grill ahead of Game 4 on Friday, but that hasn't seemed to have affected him in the slightest. He'll look for more in Game 6 on Tuesday.
Johnson was hit in the face with the puck during pregame warmups Friday -- ahead of Game 4 against the Penguins -- but still played and ultimately tallied the game-winning goal in the second period. Johnson ended up with a clear shield to protect his mug after reportedly trying out a number of different protective masks throughout the game. He ended up skating for 15:33, which was enough time for Johnson to tally his second goal in as many games. The score proved to be especially clutch, as the Penguins potted three unanswered goals and nearly sent the game into overtime. Considering that Johnson was able to play through the injury, we wouldn't worry about him come Sunday when the Lightning face the Pens on the road for Game 5.
Johnson scored his fifth goal of the postseason in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Penguins. Johnson has racked up plenty of helpers, but this was his first tally in six games. The diminutive center has made up for a lackluster regular season with 14 points in 13 playoff games, and the Lightning will need him to continue getting on the scoreboard at a high rate if they hope to come back against the streaking Penguins.
Johnson tallied an assist in Sunday's Game 5 win over the Islanders. The helper came on the man advantage, good for Johnson's fourth power-play assist of the playoffs. The center had a terrific series, notching at least one point in four straight (two goals, four assists) for 13 points on the postseason. He still has some work to do if he wants to match last year's excellent playoff campaign in which he tallied 13 goals and 10 assists, but Johnson figures to be one of the more reliable sources of scoring remaining as the Lightning continue to advance.
Johnson had two goals and an assist in Saturday's 4-1 win over Florida. It was his second multi-goal game this postseason and the sixth of his career. Remember his antics last year? Johnson had an NHL-leading 13 goals in last year's playoffs. And he's now tied with Brad Richards for third place on the team's career postseason list with 18. Johnson has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in seven playoff contests this season and should be in line for plenty more. Bolts' coach Jon Cooper reunited the Triplets Line to start this contest and they responded with a goal -- Johnson's first -- at the 6:03 mark.
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