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.
- Agent: Subban hasn’t told me to make him NHL’s highest-paid D 0
- Devils sign Greene to five-year, $25M extension 7
- Subban seeking $8.5 million in arbitration, versus the Habs at $5.25 million 39
- Marchand on Plekanec: ‘I hate him. I can’t stand him’ 48
- Gettin’ paid: Gardiner inks five-year, $20.25M extension with Leafs 15
- Report: Trottier to join Sabres’ coaching staff 19
- Blues sign former eighth overall pick Mueller 31
- Trotz plans to let Johansson, Kuznetsov, and Burakovsky compete for time at center 45
- Eric Staal has surgery to repair ‘core muscle injury’ 6
- After not seeing ‘eye-to-eye’ with Carlyle, Reimer will compete for No. 1 gig 16
- Cashing in: Rangers sign Brassard to five-year, $25 million deal (63)
- Marchand on Plekanec: ‘I hate him. I can’t stand him’ (49)
- Avs and O’Reilly agree on two-year deal, but questions remain (45)
- Trotz plans to let Johansson, Kuznetsov, and Burakovsky compete for time at center (45)
- New Caps regime plans to keep Ovechkin at RW (for now) (42)