Lightning clinch playoff spot with Montreal win

Tue Apr 1, 2014 11:45pm EDT

Apr 1, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Eric Brewer (2) celebrates scoring a goal with right wing Teddy Purcell (16), right wing Richard Panik (71) and defenseman Eric Brewer (2) at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 1, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Eric Brewer (2) celebrates scoring a goal with right wing Teddy Purcell (16), right wing Richard Panik (71) and defenseman Eric Brewer (2) at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports

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(Reuters) - The Tampa Bay Lightning ended a two-season playoff drought with a 3-1 win over Montreal on Tuesday that clinched their berth.

Rookie Tyler Johnson broke a 1-1 tie with a shorthanded goal at 12:41 in the third period to help lift the Lightning.

Alex Killorn added a late score for Tampa Bay (42-25-9) who tied Montreal (43-27-7) for second in the Atlantic Division.

Ben Bishop stopped 25 shots in the triumph.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

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