TAMPA – It’s not every day you get to see the lighthearted side of Tyler Johnson.
However, Lightning fans experienced the 28-year-old’s funny personality during the team’s home matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes on Jan. 10 when Johnson was wired up with a hidden microphone.
During warm-ups, the forward was perplexed with a particular fan’s sign that read, “I got sunshine in my (Cedric) Paquette.” Assistant equipment manager Rob Kennedy told Johnson it was a play on the song, “Can’t Stop the Feeling" and “I got sunshine in my pocket.”
Johnson also had a heart-to-heart with Ondrej Palat, telling Palat that he was his “favorite player." He reiterated this later on after Palat scored a power-play goal, tying up the score 1-all in the third period.
Later on during the matchup, announcers told Lightning fans there was an opportunity to win a signed Brayden Point jersey. Johnson then looked over to Point, who was sitting next to him on the bench, and told him he could put in “20 bucks” for that.
One of Johnson’s funniest moments of the night came when a referee was scolding Mathieu Joseph on the bench for not moving when he was told to do so.
Joseph explained to the official that he couldn’t hear him and as the referee skated away, Johnson piped up that English is Joseph’s second language (he speaks better English than some natives do). Joseph shrugged and chuckled with a wide grin on his face.
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