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Lightning gets two goals from Tyler Johnson to win eighth straight

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For most of the season, he has been missing from the ice.

Just when you thought it might happen again after suffering a gash to the forehead Sunday night, however, Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson stood tall.

Johnson, who has played in only 26 games this season, had the first two-goal game of the season Monday night in a 2-1 victory over Toronto. Johnson, who had a terrific season a year ago, had scored only nine goals coming into the game.

It was the seventh straight victory for the Lightning – although Steven Stamkos had his six-game goal streak stopped – who are now tied with Florida for the Atlanta Division lead.

Backup goaltender Andrej Vasilevskiy stopped 31 of 32 shots.

The Lightning plays in Ottawa Thursday night before returning home to play the Carolina Hurricanes  Saturday.

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 [email protected]

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