5. 2015, Game Three vs. Montreal
In the spirit of buzzer-beating goals to take a stranglehold on a series, we have to include game three against Montreal in 2015. Similar to game two against Florida in 2022, the game was a tight one, looking to head to overtime at 1-1. Victor Hedman would jump up on the rush and feed Tyler Johnson who would beat Carey Price for the game winner with 1.1 seconds to go.
After winning the first two games of the series in Montreal, Tampa Bay would put the series out of reach in game three with Johnson’s back-breaking goal. Montreal would eventually climb back into the series, forcing it to go six games but the 3-0 deficit was too tall of a mountain to climb. The win was extra sweet for Lightning fans who had seen Tampa Bay swept from the playoffs the year before at the hands of Montreal.