NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Tampa Bay|
(Saturday, January 25th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, Colorado 2
Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Rookie Tyler Johnson registered his first
career hat trick as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2.
Victor Hedman collected three assists and Ben Bishop turned aside 25 shots for
the Lightning, who have won three games in a row and ended the Avalanche's
four-game road winning streak.
Colorado goaltender Sami Aittokallio, making his second career NHL start, gave
up three goals on 18 shots and was pulled after the second period.
Regular backup Jean-Sebastien Giguere was supposed to start against the
Lightning in the second game of a back-to-back, but a stiff back led to
the 21-year-old Aittokallio getting the nod between the pipes.
Semyon Varlamov stopped nine shots in the third. He made 34 saves as the
Avalanche kicked off a three-game road trip with a 3-2 win over Florida on
Most of the action was confined to the second period. After a scoreless
opening 20 minutes, the teams combined for five goals in the middle frame.
The Lightning raced out to a 3-0 lead, but John Mitchell and Tyson Barrie
scored 30 seconds apart for Colorado.
Johnson's second goal made it 4-2 at 14:38 of the third. Hedman's point shot
was blocked and Johnson jumped on the puck, scoring from just below the left
He completed the hat trick at 16:55, tipping a one-time blast by Hedman.
"I thought for the majority of the game we played pretty well except for that
little stint," Johnson said.
Tampa Bay scored 1:33 apart in the second period, beginning when Johnson put
home a rebound at 7:15. Ondrej Palat dropped the puck to a trailing Hedman on
a rush and fired a long drive that Aittokallio initially stopped.
Mark Barberio made it 2-0 with a knuckleball shot from the top of the right
circle that fluttered past the Finnish netminder at 8:48.
"Those first two goals I've got to make those saves," Aittokallio admitted.
The lead grew to 3-0 when Valtteri Filppula, alone in tight, had his rebound
go in off his leg with 1:56 remaining.
The Avalanche quickly closed the gap before the intermission. Mitchell, who
missed the game against the Panthers because of an illness, tipped home a
Gabriel Landeskog slap shot with 1:27 left, then Barrie jumped into the
play and buried a shot from the slot with 57 seconds remaining.
Tampa Bay captain Martin St. Louis picked up an assist to push his point
streak to 10 games ... Aittokallio made his NHL debut April 11 last season in
Los Angeles. He stopped 23 shots for the Avalanche before leaving in the third
period with leg cramps ... Colorado wraps up its road trip Monday in Dallas
... Both teams were 0-for-3 on the power play.
01/26 00:04:30 ET