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Video: Tyler Johnson’s hat trick helps defeat Avalanche

Jan 25, 2014, 11:57 PM EDT

Tyler Johnson snuffed out any chance of a Colorado Avalanche comeback, and did so by recording his first ever hat trick in the National Hockey League.

Johnson, who stands only five-foot-nine-inches tall, opened the scoring in a wild second period, then scored two goals just two minutes and 17 seconds apart in the third to help the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-2 win over the visiting Avalanche on Saturday.

Avalanche goalie Sami Aittokallio was making just his second NHL appearance. He was pulled after the second period, allowing three goals on 18 shots. It continued a trend of difficulty for goalies on this night. Sergei Bobrovsky was pulled in the Columbus Blue Jackets’ loss to Buffalo, while James Reimer and Carey Price were each given the hook in their respective games, as well.

  1. lowenni - Jan 26, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Even as a Caps fan, I love this guy! Really fun to watch, he’s got great speed and some really underrated skills. Right now he’s my Calder choice, even if he’s a bit older than most of the other rookies. A few years from now he could be a player a lot like St. Louis: small, supremely skilled, and always hard-working. What a great mentor for Johnson to have, especially considering St. Louis’ one of his idols. Tampa Bay is gonna have some serious offensive depth and power once Stamkos gets back.

    • lowenni - Jan 26, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      Also I think right now Jon Cooper is far and way my choice for the Jack Adams, he’s done a fantastic job. Boudreau is my second.

  2. lightning69 - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Great game by T.J. This performance should clear out any doubts in the minds of the very few local Conacher holdouts. Bishop has been huge, but Cory or TJ had to go to get him and Yzerman made a great call.

    The strength this kid is already showing has been amazing. Playing with Marty has developed his game even faster. Kid is soaking up everything like a never ending sponge. Hope he learns the same off ice lessons and strength training it takes to constantly improve year after year.

    Really like the game changing impact he is developing. He changed the game with a shorty goal the other night too!

    Keep it up TJ!

  3. stepanup - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    It’s clear the kids deserves to stay around and have a scoring role, but what happens when Stamkos comes back? Purcell-Stamkos-St Louis, Killorn-Johnson-Filpulla?

    • hellohkitteh - Jan 27, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      Wouldn’t want to take the Johnson-Palat pair away, it’s to beautiful. I’d say… Kucherov-Stamkos-St Louis, Palat-Johnson-Brown, Purcell-Fillpula-Killorn, Malone-Thompson-Crombeen/Pyatt

      Keep Fillpula a center, he’s doing great! And I think Kucherov deserves and upgrade as well.

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