Tyler Johson on slump: 'You have to laugh'
After getting robbed on yet another scoring chance, this time a partial breakaway late in Friday's second period, Lightning center Tyler Johnson's frustration boiled over, smacking his stick against the back boards.
Johnson has zero goals in eight games, the only Lightning forward without a goal, despite 27 scoring chances, 10 high-danger ones, per war-on-ice.com.
"By the end of it, I was kind of laughing," Johnson said. "That's all you can really do. It's pretty ridiculous. Those things happen. Whether it be in juniors or when you're young or in pro or whatever. You go in slumps, but you always bounce back somehow."
Johnson did just that last season, when he began with just one goal in his first 12 games but finished with 29, making his first All-Star appearance. Johnson does have a team-high 22 shots.
"I'd be lying if you're going to say you're not frustrated with something like that," Johnson said. "But sometimes that's hockey. I've been through this before, I think everyone has. All that really matters is you're getting the chances. If I wasn't getting chances or our line wasn't playing well, that's when you really got to look in the mirrow and really start to question yourself. But, right now, it's one of those things that just something needs to happen and just work your way out of it."