There were some amazing offensive performances on Tuesday, but Tyler Johnson’s hat trick stands out among them, in no small part thanks to his amazing third goal where he beat out Carolina’s Noah Hanifin in a race to the puck and then outmaneuvered Cam Ward at the crease.
Believe it or not, that’s the Lightning’s first hat trick of the season, which is remarkable when you consider how good Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos have been this season. Johnson’s goal also highlights the Lightning’s superb offensive depth this season as he has 16 goals and 34 points in 42 contests, but ranks just fifth on the team’s scoring race. He’s also one of seven Tampa Bay players with at least 30 points through 43 games. Contrast that with Tampa Bay’s opponent last night, Carolina, which has two players with at least 30 points and the Hurricanes’ points leader is Teuvo Teravainen with 11 goals and 35 points in 42 contests.
At this point, we might as well also compare the Lightning to the great offenses of the cap era. Starting with the 2005-06 campaign, the Lightning’s average of 3.67 is tied with the 2005-06 Detroit Red Wings for the third-best of the cap era. The only two that did better were the 2005-06 Ottawa Senators (3.80 goals per game) and the 2009-10 Washington Capitals (3.82 goals per game).
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WINNIPEG 7 BUFFALO 4
Nikolaj Ehlers scored two goals, including the game-winner. He’s up to 19 goals and 34 points in 44 contests in 2017-18.
Kyle Connor found the back of the net twice and registered an assist for Winnipeg. He has 15 goals and 28 points in 38 contests.
Steve Mason kicked out 30 of 34 shots last night. He’s left a lot to be desired this season with his 3-6-1 record, 3.52 GAA, and .897 save percentage in 11 games.
Jack Eichel gave Mason the most trouble with his two goals and assist. That gives Eichel 17 goals and 39 points in 43 contests.
WASHINGTON 3 VANCOUVER 1
Daniel Sedin netted the Canucks’ lone goal. It was his 10th marker and 28th point in 43 contests this season.
Lars Eller scored the game-winning goal. He has seven goals and 19 points in 42 games.
Evgeny Kuznetsov also found the back of the net for Washington. That gives him 13 goals and 40 points in 43 contests.
Philipp Grubauer kicked out 37 of 38 Vancouver shots. The backup goaltender has a 3-5-3 record, 2.56 GAA, and .916 save percentage in 14 games.
Jacob Markstrom saved 33 of 36 shots last night. He has a 10-14-5 record, 2.77 GAA, and .908 save percentage in 31 contests.
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CHICAGO 8 OTTAWA 2
Patrick Kane led the charge Tuesday night with a goal and four assists. That brings him up to 18 goals and 45 points in 42 games.
Nick Schmaltz scored twice and recorded an assist. He has 12 goals and 31 points in 38 contests.
Jonathan Toews also scored a pair of goals for Chicago. He extended his point streak to five games and has four multi-point showings over that span.
Craig Anderson started for Ottawa and was yanked after allowing four goals on 26 shots in 29:53 minutes of ice time. Mike Condon stepped in, but he couldn’t stop the Blackhawks as he surrendered another four goals on 17 shots.
At the other end of the ice, Anton Forsberg saved 25 of 27 shots. He improved to 3-5-3 with a 3.00 GAA and .910 save percentage in 14 games.
Mark Stone scored a goal and registered an assist for the Senators. He has 18 goals and 42 points in 41 games this season.
TAMPA BAY 5 CAROLINA 4
Tyler Johnson was the hero for Tampa Bay with his hat trick. He’s up to 16 goals and 34 points in 42 games this season.
Brayden Point assisted on three of the Lightning’s five goals. That gives him 16 goals and 39 points in 43 contests.
Andrei Vasilevskiy turned aside 28 of 32 Hurricanes shots. He has a 27-6-2 record, 2.10 GAA, and .933 save percentage in 36 games.
Justin Faulk found the back of the net and registered an assist. The Hurricanes defenseman has four goals and 13 points in 42 games this season.
Cam Ward allowed five goals on 34 shots last night. He has a 11-4-2 record, 2.78 GAA, and .907 save percentage in 18 starts.
FLORIDA 7 ST. LOUIS 4
Vincent Trocheck scored a pair of goals and registered an assist. That gives the Panthers forward 17 goals and 40 points in 42 games.
Aleksander Barkov was also a major factor for Florida with a goal and two assists. He has 14 goals and 40 points in 41 contests.
James Reimer kicked out 26 of 30 shots last night. He has a 12-11-5 record, 3.05 GAA, and .911 save percentage in 29 games this season.
At the other end of the ice, Jake Allen was pulled after allowing five goals on 23 shots in 36:37 minutes of ice time. Carter Hutton stepped in and saved 11 of 12 shots, but the damage was already done.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored a goal and registered an assist for the Blues. He’s up to 19 goals and 44 points in 46 games.
NASHVILLE 2 EDMONTON 1
Connor McDavid netted the Oilers’ only goal. It was his 15th goal and 48th point in 44 games.
Viktor Arvidsson scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He has 13 goals and 27 points in 42 games.
Craig Smith accounted for the Predators’ other goal. That gives him 15 goals and 25 points in 41 games.
Pekka Rinne turned aside 25 of 26 shots last night. He has a 21-8-3 record, 2.43 GAA, and .925 save percentage in 32 starts.
Cam Talbot saved 22 of 24 shots in his third straight loss. That gives him a 15-16-2 record, 3.90 GAA, and .902 save percentage in 34 games.
CALGARY 3 MINNESOTA 2 (OT)
Sean Monahan scored a goal and registered an assist to extend his point streak to four games. The Flames forward has 20 goals and 39 points in 42 games this season.
Johnny Gaudreau assisted on all three of the Flames’ goals. He has 13 markers and 49 points in 42 contests.
Mikael Granlund scored a goal and registered an assist for Minnesota. That gives him 12 goals and 32 points in 38 games.
Alex Stalock kicked out 26 of 29 Flames shots. He has a 7-8-2 record, 2.71 GAA, and .914 save percentage in 19 games.
Mike Smith turned aside 33 of 35 shots to earn his fourth straight win. He improved to 18-13-3 with a 2.55 GAA and .921 save percentage in 36 starts.