The Tampa Bay Tenpin Strikes Red Wings Again

Published on 17-Apr-2016 by J Square Humboldt

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The Tampa Bay Tenpin Strikes Red Wings Again

Tyler Johnson gets lit up.

A lot.

Dude's a Martin St Louis clone, but he's yet to learn how the little Québecker was so proficient at evading hits.

However, Tampa Bay's undrafted -- also like St Louis -- speedster gets the job done in between poundings, and as in Game 2 of their current series, even during poundings:

That was the lunch-bucket point out of the four Johnson tallied in the Lightning's 5-2 victory to put them up in the series, two games to none.

He's generously measured at 5-8 and 185lb, so when he lets his guard down, opponents line him up. For example:

There are others, but compiling them just becomes sadistic.

Suffice to say it's been frequent the past two seasons.

Then there are the times Johnson's just in the wrong place at the wrong time:

Dude was a pain to the Wings last spring, and now he's doing it again.

That's fortunate for the Lightning, what with Steven Stamkos done for the year with a blood clot in his shoulder.

So far, no matter.

When the 'Ning's kingpin is down, their  tenpin covers quite nicely.