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Chiefs in the Stanley Cup Playoffs: September 3-9

Gerry Thomas / USA Today

Former Chief Tyler Johnson and the Tampa Bay Lightning are in the driver’s seat in the Eastern Conference Finals!

An update on Chiefs in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs:

Johnson (2007-11) and the Bolts find themselves up 2-0 in the best-of-seven conference finals against the New York Islanders after wins on Monday and Wednesday.

In Game 1, Tampa cruised to an 8-2 win, looking the part as the favorite entering the semi-final round. The game was tied 1-1 early in the first period but the Lightning scored twice more to take a 3-1 lead into the first break and never looked back. They outshot New York 34-24 and went 3-for-6 on the power play. Johnson had two shots on goal, one hit and one block in just 11:59 of ice time as Tampa dominated.

In Game 2, it was a closer affair, with the Lightning squeezing out a 2-1 win on a goal scored with just nine seconds left in regulation. Matt Martin (NYI) and Victor Hedman (TBL) traded scores in the first period and the score remained 1-1 until the 19:51 mark of the third, when Nikita Kucherov potted his sixth of the postseason to give the Bolts a 2-0 series lead. Johnson finished with one shot on goal in 15:08 of ice time.

Elsewhere, the two former Chiefs serving as head coaches have both been eliminated. Travis Green (1986-90) and the Vancouver Canucks lost in Game 7 to the Vegas Golden Knights while Jared Bednar (1991-92) and the Colorado Avalanche fell in Game 7 to the Dallas Stars.

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