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Johnson’s goal in OT lifts Lightning over Canadiens 1-0

March 11, 2015
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Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, right, celebrates with teammates Mark Barberio, left, and Tyler Johnson, center, after Johnson scored the game-winning goal against the Montreal Canadiens during overtime in an NHL hockey game action Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in Montreal. The Lightning won 1-0. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)
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Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, right, celebrates with teammates Mark Barberio, left, and Tyler Johnson, center, after Johnson scored the game-winning goal against the Montreal Canadiens during overtime in an NHL hockey game action Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in Montreal. The Lightning won 1-0. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

MONTREAL (AP) — Tyler Johnson scored about a minute into overtime to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in a battle between Eastern Conference leaders on Tuesday.

Johnson took his own rebound and saw the puck go in off defenseman Tom Gilbert’s skate.

The Lightning won a fourth straight game and are now one point behind conference-leading Montreal.

New York’s Rick Nash scored a deflected goal to break a deadlock 2:50 into the third period as the Rangers beat the New York Islanders 2-1 in their last regular-season visit to Nassau Coliseum.

After dropping the first three matchups to the Islanders — including two at home — the Rangers have won two straight on Long Island. The previous meeting was a 6-5 Rangers victory in which they erased a pair of two-goal deficits after falling behind 1-0 just 11 seconds in.

Kevin Hayes scored the equalizer in the second period and Cam Talbot made 29 saves.

In Ottawa, Ontario, Ryan Spooner scored his second and third goals of the season, and Tuukka Rask celebrated his birthday by stopping 39 shots to help lead the surging Boston Bruins beat the Ottawa Senators 3-1.

After losing six games straight to open the door for other teams to get back in the playoff race, the Bruins have won three straight and six of eight. Loui Eriksson added the other Bruins goal.

Matt Puempel scored for Ottawa.

The St. Louis Blues edged the Winnipeg Jets 5-4 after Barret Jackman scored his first goal in 36 games with 1:03 left, launching a shot from center ice.

After his team squandered a three-goal, third-period lead, Jackman bailed the Blues out when got control of the puck along the left boards in the neutral zone off a faceoff.

In other games, Brayden McNabb had a goal and two assists and Jonathan Quick stopped 21 shots as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Colorado Avalanche 5-2, the Dallas Stars edged the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1, the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 and the Minnesota Wild were 6-2 winners over the New Jersey Devils.

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