Light­ning gets even in 5-1 win

Los Angeles Times - - NHL -

Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop stopped 24 shots for his first NHL play­off victory Satur­day, a 5-1 win over Detroit that evened the open­inground Eastern Con­fer­ence se­ries at one game apiece.

Tyler John­son had two goals for the Light­ning, which dropped Game 1 while out­play­ing the Red Wings for most of a 3-2 loss. Alex Kil­lorn and An­drej Sustr scored in the sec­ond pe­riod be­fore John­son’s break­away goal fin­ished a three-goal flurry that put Tampa Bay up, 4-0.

Bishop lost his bid for a shutout when Detroit’s To­mas Tatar scored at 5:49 of the third pe­riod.

at St. Louis 4, Min­nesota 1: Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals in the first pe­riod and then had an empty-net­ter for his first ca­reer play­off hat trick, as the Blues evened their play­off se­ries at a game apiece.

Tarasenko had an as­sist and no shots in a 4-2 loss in Game 1, but he re­sponded with an im­pres­sive per­for­mance more in line with his play dur­ing the regular sea­son. The dy­namic winger ran his play­off to­tal to seven goals in nine games.

Pa­trik Ber­glund’s unas­sisted goal past De­van Dub­nyk made it a two-goal cush­ion with 1:58 to go.

Pitts­burgh 4, at New York Rangers 3: Sid­ney Crosby scored twice, and the Pen­guins evened their firstround se­ries.

The Rangers won Game 1 by mak­ing Crosby vir­tu­ally in­vis­i­ble and keep­ing Ev­geni Malkin out of the dan­ger zone. On Satur­day, both of the stars and the Pen­guins as a whole showed more jump, pos­sess­ing the puck and keep­ing New York off bal­ance. Forc­ing turnovers in the de­ci­sive sec­ond pe­riod, shut­ting down the Rangers’ power play and gen­er­ally con­trol­ling the pace, the Pen­guins got even.

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