It was Johnson’s first of his career, and his coach couldn’t be happier. From the Associated Press,
“Fairly decent timing on Tyler’s part to net three in this game,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “He was on it tonight.”
Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov was supposed to get the night of on Saturday but replaced Sami Aittokallio in the third period after letting three goals past him on 18 shots.
“It’s not easy for him, and I certainly understand that,” coach Patrick Roy said. “But at the same time, I thought we had some momentum and it was the call to make at that moment. If I had a crystal ball, yes, I would have kept him there.”