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Lightning evens playoff series as Tyler Johnson scores two goals

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Evidently, the Tampa Bay Lightning isn’t done yet.

The Lightning got back into their playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning Sunday, winning a 4-1 game that sends them to Brooklyn with the series tied 1-1.

For the Lightning, it is nothing new. Tampa Bay is 6-0 in Game Twos over the last two years. “That just means we should do better in Game Ones,” joked coach Jon Cooper.

The Lightning seemed to grow stronger in this one, taking a quick 2-0 lead in the first period on goals from Tyler Johnson and Jonathan Drouin. Victor Hedman made it 3-1 in the second period, and Johnson hit an empty netter to finish the scoring.

“Our backs were against the wall,” Cooper said. “We needed this one.”

For the Lightning, one of the bounceback players was goaltender Ben Bishop, who was pulled from Game One after giving up four goals.

“I don’t think any goaltender is on A-plus game every night,” Cooper said. “Bish is there 99 percent of the time for us.”

Bishop stopped all but one of 31 shots.

“I thought the team played really well,” Bishop said “We are going to have to continue like this. We saw what we did wrong in Game 1, and I thought we did a better job possessing the puck, getting pucks deep, not really feeding their transitions with turnovers. Obviously, when we don’t do all those things, we play pretty well.”

The Lightning games at the Islanders are Tuesday and Friday.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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