Lightning needles Tyler Johnson for being offsides

Tyler Johnson was offsides on what would have been Brayden Point's first goal.
Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) looks on from the team beach along with defenseman Victor Hedman (77) and coach Jon Cooper during a video review on what was first called a goal by Point during second period action at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. Carolina Hurricanes challenged the play and after a video review the ruling was offsides and the Lightning goal was taken away.[DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) looks on from the team beach along with defenseman Victor Hedman (77) and coach Jon Cooper during a video review on what was first called a goal by Point during second period action at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. Carolina Hurricanes challenged the play and after a video review the ruling was offsides and the Lightning goal was taken away.[DIRK SHADD | Times]
Published January 11
Updated January 11

TAMPA — Victor Hedman took a little shot at Tyler Johnson. It was Johnson who couldn't get on the bench quickly enough and was called offsides, wiping away Brayden Point's first goal from Thursday night's 3-1 win over the Hurricanes.

"If it wasn't for Johnny, he would have had a hat trick," Hedman said with a smile.

It's too bad, because the would-be-goal came on a nice play. Mathieu Joseph made a great outlet pass to get Point behind the defensemen on a breakaway. Goaltender Petr Mrazek made the original save, but Point backhanded his rebound.

Palat hadn't realized Johnson was the one offsides. Once informed, he said "Johnny needs to be better." Again, with a smile.

Then again, coach Jon Cooper suggested it was the Amalie Arena crowd's reaction to the goal being waved off that gave the Lightning life. So perhaps the latter two goals (the game-winning power-play goal and an empty-netter) wouldn't have happened without Johnson.

Interestingly, it was Johnson who had hat tricks in each of his last two games against Carolina. He's scored against the Hurricanes more than against any other team. Johnson averages a point per game against Carolina (11 goals, eight assists in 19 games), versus his average of .68 points per game overall.

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