The goals are streaming in so rapidly in the second period of Game 2, it’s hard to catch your breath and keep track of the changing narratives.
Update: This post was barely live before the narrative changed again, as allegedly injured forward Tyler Johnson made it five total goals in about 11 minutes of wild second-period action, regaining the Lightning’s one-goal lead with a 3-2 tally.
Hurt or not, Johnson now has 13 goals in this postseason, which stands as a new Lightning record.
With the way things are going, there may be another goal before we hit the final frame of regulation.
First, it was about pests putting the puck in the net, as Cedric Paquette’s 1-0 tally did not hold up very long thanks to Andrew Shaw’s 1-1 put-back goal.
After that, it seemed to shift to the Chicago Blackhawks befuddling the Tampa Bay Lightning by scoring in bunches.
Chicago managed two goals in 1:58 in Game 1, and they nearly matched that effort in Game 2, as Teuvo Teravainen generated his third point of the series 2:16 later to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead.
Indeed, things looked pretty glum for the Lightning … but not for long.
Nikita Kucherov’s deft deflection made it 2-2 about a minute-and-a-half after Teravainen’s seemingly spirit-crushing goal:
People had a lot of nice things to say about Kucherov’s hands:
Shall we call him Nikita “The Surgeon” Kucherov? Maybe not, but it was pretty nice. There’s still plenty of time for more wild play in this hectic second period, too.