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09.08.2019 08:32
MONTREAL - The points keep piling up for the Tampa Bay Lightnings surprising line of Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej P Antworten

MONTREAL - The points keep piling up for the Tampa Bay Lightnings surprising line of Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat. Antonio Rudiger Jersey .Johnson scored twice in a four-goal second period and his linemates each got two assists as the Lightning ended the Montreal Canadiens six-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory on Tuesday night.The five-foot-nine Johnson, who was never drafted because he was thought to be too small, moved into third place in NHL scoring with 45 points in 41 games.The unit has been especially hot of late. In their last seven games, including six victories, Palat has 13 points while Kucherov and Johnson have 11 each.Theres just good chemistry there, said Johnson. Things are clicking.We know where each other is. Things are just working for us now, which is awesome. The good thing is we know we can be better.The win put Tampa Bay (26-12-4) into top spot in both the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division, two points ahead of Montreal (26-12-2), which has two games in hand.Brett Connolly and J.T. Brown also scored for Tampa Bay, while Dale Weise and Max Pacioretty replied for the Canadiens.There were not high expectations on any of the Johnson line before they reached the NHL. All three were acquired in 2011, with Kucherov drafted 58th overall and Palat 208th.But they have found a recipe for success together, although they admit it helps that Tampa Bays top line led by two-time 50-goal scorer Steven Stamkos usually plays against opponents top checking units and defence pairings.Hes the guy you have to worry about, said Johnson. He takes a lot of attention off us. That makes it a little easier.Stamkos, the Lightning captain, marvels at the lines production.(Johnson) is a pretty smart player, and the guy who flies under the radar a bit is Kuch, said Stamkos. He makes some unbelievable plays.Palat is the guy who can put points on the board, but he also grinds it out, goes in front of the net. They know where each other is on the ice. Its nice to watch.The Canadiens played their first home game since Dec. 20 after winning five straight on the road, but did not play a smart game. The result was they were outshot 36-22 and saw their string of 16 wins when scoring first in a game come to an end.We forgot the reasons we were having success, said Montreal coach Michel Therrien. We didnt deserve to win.We have to put this behind us and get our focus, our work ethic and our discipline back for our next game (Saturday night at home against Pittsburgh).The Canadiens thought they had a goal only two minutes in, but Andrei Markovs shot hit the inside of both goalposts and stayed out. Then the Bolts Valtteri Filppula was stopped on a short-handed breakaway by Carey Price.Montreal didnt get its first shot until 13 minutes in, but soon after, they opened the scoring when Weise was at the far post to redirect Tomas Plekanecs shot past Ben Bishop at 15:07.The Lightning tied it 3:17 into the second when rookie Jonathan Drouin hit a goalpost, but then got the puck to the net on another chance a moment later and Brown banged in the rebound. A slashing call Therrien tagged as undisciplined on P.K. Subban led to Johnsons goal at 10:42 on a feed from Kucherov, and a Tom Gilbert giveaway during a line change saw Connolly score on a 4-on-2 rush at 18:16.Palat poked the puck in through a scramble in Prices crease on a power play at 19:38.Pacioretty got one back 5:01 into the third as he went in alone and scored off Bishops glove. A rivalry has been building between the teams, which started when Montreal swept the Lightning in the opening round of playoffs last spring. In their first meeting of the 2014-15 campaign on Oct. 13, the Bolts won 7-1.Tampa Bay has taken the edge in the standings, although they are only halfway through the season.Theres still a lot we have to work on, said Johnson. The playoffs are a completely different story. Once we get there, points dont matter any more. Its how youre playing the game.Notes — The Lightning announced Tuesday that defenceman Radko Gudas will be out four months with a right knee injury. . . Filppula played his 600th NHL game. Victor Moses Jersey . The 30-year-old Moore played in 13 games for the Saints last season, catching 37 balls for 457 yards and two touchdowns. Gary Cahill Jersey . Bouchard went down to a 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 defeat at the hands of Svitolina in her opening match at the Sony Open on Friday. Bouchard got the rivalry going two years ago when she won the junior Wimbledon title over Svitolina. . He just didnt expect them to be this good. Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points to lead No. 6 Villanova to a dominating 77-59 victory over Georgetown on Saturday, preserving the Wildcats hopes of a No.ARLINGTON, Texas -- All-Star pitcher Yu Darvish checked out OK after being struck on the top of the head by a batted ball while throwing in the outfield during batting practice Tuesday. The Texas Rangers said Darvish was examined by team physician Dr. Keith Meister before Tuesday nights game against Houston, and that "everything appears to be OK." Darvish is expected to make his scheduled start Wednesday night in the series finale against the Astros. But the Rangers said Darvish would be re-evaluated before the game as a precaution. Responding on Twitter to an article about the incident, Darvish indicated that he was OK. He resumed throwing a few minutes after the incident, and didnt see Meister until after that. Darvish had just made a throw when he was struck by the batted ball. Clearly stunned, the Japanese ace dropped into a squat momentarily before getting up, wiping his brow and appearing to check his head with his fingers. He then put his cap back on and ffinished his throwing session off flat ground in right field with other pitchers. Ethan Ampadu Jersey. Rangers left-hander Derek Holland was shagging balls in front of Darvish. The ball glanced off Hollands glove before hitting Darvish. "I heard it," Holland said. "I was supposed to be protecting him but I just couldnt get to the ball. It was too high. I didnt get high enough. Hes fine." Darvish, who joined Kenny Rogers as the only three-time All-Star pitchers for the Rangers, is 8-4 with a 2.63 ERA in 16 starts this season. His 134 strikeouts are fifth in the majors, but his 11 strikeouts per nine innings are the most. Wednesday is Darvishs last scheduled appearance before the All-Star break. Before his expected start last Thursday was pushed back a day because of weather concerns in Baltimore, the right-hander had been on track to start Sunday in the last game before the break. A pitcher who works Sunday cannot throw in the All-Star game. ' ' '

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