Lightning Down Habs, Make Postseason

The Tampa Bay Lightning’s unbelievable run is going to continue for a bit longer.

They are going back to the playoffs for the first time since 2010-2011 and much like that season, when they were expected to be outside of the bubble, they are back in the race securely and can actually clinch home ice advantage.

A team that many people doubted all year and a team that lost Steven Stamkos for much of the year and traded away organization cornerstone Martin St. Louis has defied the odds set against it and has a spot in the toughest tournament in sports.

Before Tuesday’s game, the Lightning had to have three things happen: The New Jersey Devils had to lose, the Washington Capitals had to lose and they had to win.

As their tightly played game against the Montreal Canadians progressed fans and media members feverishly refreshed their Twitter apps  to get updates on both of those teams.

The Bolts tied the game on Callahan’s fourth goal in four games.

The Washington Capitals from the outset of their game were losing 4-0 to the Dallas Stars and then the New Jersey Devils lost in a ninth round shootout to the Buffalo Sabres.

There was only one thing standing between the Bolts and their return to the post season and that was the Canadians and Carey Price, who was outstanding and put on a goalie clinic for all to watch.

As Price  frustrated and upset fans, Tyler Johnson decided it was enough and sprung on a breakaway, shorthanded, and scored on Price. Johnson tied Steven Stamkos rookie record for goals and tied the league in shorthanded  goals.

“I am usually out there with {Palat} and he has tremendous vision and he opens up the ice for me. Lucky for me, they go in sometimes,” Johnson said.

Lucky for him, but it’s also lucky for a team and coach who everyone expected to be golfing on April 16th, instead they get to compete for the ultimate prize—Lord Stanley’s chalice, hockey’s ultimate trophy.

Game notes: D Mike Kostka had a scary moment on the ice as he took an elbow from Canadians Douglas Murray and was unconscious for a few minutes. Kostka was able to skate off on his own and is currently being evaluated. Murray was given a game misconduct and a match penalty and will have a hearing from the league.