Stanley Cup Playoffs: Tampa Bay Lightning Thump New York Rangers
NEW YORK (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have knotted the NHL's Eastern Conference finals at a game apiece by dealing the New York Rangers their most lopsided postseason loss since 2009.
Tyler Johnson scored the Lightning's first three goals and Alex Kallorn added a pair of third-period tallies as the Lightning ripped the Blueshirts 6-2 at Madison Square Garden. Johnson opened the scoring with a short-handed goal 5:38 into the game before netting one of the Lightning's three power-play goals later in the first period.
It was the first hat trick in Tampa Bay playoff history.
Killorn and Steven Stamkos added power-play tallies to close the scoring as Tampa Bay ended the Rangers' NHL-record string of 15 consecutive one-goal games.
Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist stopped just 20 of 26 shots after entering the game with a 1.56 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage, both league bests.
Ben Bishop made 15 of his 35 saves in the final period for the Lightning, who host Game 3 on Wednesday.
In more NHL news:
— The Philadelphia Flyers' hierarchy now includes Hextall as general manager and Hakstol as head coach. GM Ron Hextall has hired Dave Hakstol to replace head coach Craig Berube. Hakstol spent the last 11 seasons at North Dakota, where he compiled a 289-143-43 record. He just guided North Dakota to a 29-10-3 mark and a berth in the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four. North Dakota never missed the NCAA tournament under Hakstol, reaching the Frozen Four seven times. The Flyers missed the playoffs for the second time in three seasons this year, going 33-31-18.
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