John­son lifts Light­ning

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Tyler John­son scored the tiebreak­ing goal with 87 sec­onds left to lead the Light­ning to a 3-2 vic­tory against the Bru­ins on Wed­nes­day and send the Pres­i­dents’ Tro­phy win­ners to their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive loss in the NHL’s play­off seed­ing round in Toronto.

An­drei Vasilevski­y stopped 25 shots for the Light­ning, who im­proved to 2-0 in the three-game round-robin. The Light­ning, who was sec­ond in the East with 92 reg­u­larsea­son points, would earn the top seed with a vic­tory against the Fly­ers on Satur­day.

“At this point, I don’t think any­one’s re­ally think­ing about what hap­pened in the pan­demic-short­ened reg­u­lar sea­son,” John­son said. “This is a whole new thing for us and we’re try­ing to play the best hockey we can.”

Tuukka Rask made 32 saves for the Bru­ins, who led the NHL with 100 points be­fore the coro­n­avirus shut­down but can now fin­ish no higher than the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Con­fer­ence.

Coy­otes 4, Preda­tors 1

Conor Gar­land and Tay­lor Hall scored in the third pe­riod as Ari­zona took ad­van­tage of an over­turned goal in top­ping Nashville in Edmonton, Al­berta.

The Coy­otes, seeded 11th in the West in the NHL’s restart, can elim­i­nate the sixth­seeded Preda­tors in Game 4 on Fri­day in this best-of-five qual­i­fy­ing series.

Cana­di­ens 4, Pen­guins 3

Jeff Petry scored 5:33 into the third pe­riod as Mon­treal ral­lied from two goals down to top Pitts­burgh in Game 3 in Toronto, push­ing the Pen­guins to the brink of elim­i­na­tion in the best-of-five series.

Pan­thers 3, Is­lan­ders 2

Mike Hoff­man and Brian Boyle scored 2:07 apart in the open­ing min­utes of the third pe­riod, and Florida avoided elim­i­na­tion by de­feat­ing New York in Game 3 of their pre­lim­i­nary round play­off series in Toronto.

Avalanche 4, Stars 0

Rookie de­fense­man Cale Makar con­nected on an early power-play goal, Pavel Fran­couz recorded a shutout in his post­sea­son de­but and Colorado cruised to a roundrobin vic­tory over Dal­las in Edmonton.

Leafs’ Muzzin out of hospi­tal

Maple Leafs de­fense­man Jake Muzzin has been dis­charged from the hospi­tal and is back at the team’s ho­tel, and will not re­turn to the lineup dur­ing the team’s play­off qual­i­fi­ca­tion series with the Blue Jack­ets. Muzzin will re­main in quar­an­tine within the ho­tel.

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The Light­ning’s Tyler John­son scores the game-win­ner against Bru­ins goalie Tuukka Rask.

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