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Johnson helps Lightning get even with Wings


Former Spokane Chief Tyler Johnson scored a pair of goals and goalie Ben Bishop stopped 24 shots for his first NHL playoff victory Saturday, a 5-1 win over Detroit in Tampa, Florida, that evened their opening-round Eastern Conference series at one game apiece.

Alex Killorn and Andrej Sustr scored in the second period before Johnson’s breakaway goal finished a three-goal flurry that put Tampa Bay up 4-0.

The 6-foot-7 Bishop lost his bid for a shutout when Detroit’s Tomas Tatar scored at 5:49 of the third period. Johnson scored on the power play just over three minutes into the game, giving Tampa Bay its first lead of the series.

The Lightning, who haven’t won a playoff series since 2011, ended a six-game postseason losing streak.

Blues 4, Wild 1: Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals in the first period and then had an empty-netter for his first career playoff hat trick, leading St. Louis over Minnesota in St. Louis to even the playoff series at a game apiece.

Penguins 4, Rangers 3: Sidney Crosby scored twice and Pittsburgh evened its first-round playoff series at a game apiece by beating New York in New York. Crosby broke a 1-1 tie by knocking in a rebound.

Ducks 2, Jets 1: Jakob Silfverberg scored the tiebreaking goal with 21 seconds to play, and Anaheim rallied from a third-period deficit for a win over visiting Winnipeg to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.


Nashville D Shea Weber won’t travel with the Predators for today’s Game 3 and Tuesday’s Game 4 in Chicago. Weber left Friday’s game with a lower-body injury. … Rookie Scott Darling will start in goal in place of Corey Crawford for the Blackhawks against the Predators in Game 3. … The Oilers won the draft lottery for No. 1 pick in June 26-27 draft. Buffalo picks second. … Calgary coach Bob Hartley was fined $50,000 for his role in a brawl in the Flames’ 4-1 loss in Vancouver on Friday. … Kings C Jarret Stoll was released from jail Friday night after his arrest for cocaine possession in Las Vegas.

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