COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Tampa Bay scored thrice within the first six minutes of the sport, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 32 saves and the Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-Four on Thursday night time.
Blake Coleman roofed a shot 58 seconds in, after which Steven Stamkos and Barclay Goodrow scored a minute aside to place the Blue Jackets in an early gap.
Ryan McDonagh scored twice, and Ross Colton additionally had a aim because the Lightning stopped a three-game skid and earned a cut up of the two-game collection with Columbus as they duel the Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes for supremacy within the Central Division. Yanni Gourde had 4 assists, and Goodrow added two assists.
“I like the best way we began,” McDonagh stated. “It was good vitality and good forechecking and good play popping out of the zone. That enables us to get to the offensive zone and make issues occur.”
Jack Roslovic had a aim and an help, and Michael Del Zotto, Zach Werenski and Max Domi additionally scored for the Blue Jackets, who’ve dropped eight of the final 10 video games. Joonas Korpisalo stopped three of the Lightning’s first six photographs earlier than being benched for Elvis Merzlikins, who made 21 saves the remainder of the best way.
Goodrow’s aim, which went in off the skate of Blue Jackets ahead Patrik Laine, chased Korpisalo simply 5:41 into the sport.
“It’s not as if we weren’t prepared,” Werenski stated. “Clearly, we knew they’ve misplaced just a few video games and would come out laborious, however while you begin like that it’s robust to get better from.”
Del Zotto reduce to the result in two targets when he snapped in a shot from the slot late within the first, however the Lightning prolonged it once more when a puck off the stick of McDonagh trickled below Merzlikins and throughout the road.
Colton stored up the strain for the Lightning on a rush early within the second interval. A charging Roslovic scored for the Blue Jackets late within the second, however McDonagh answered 1:48 later together with his second aim.
“The blokes, they’d good mojo going tonight on the offensive aspect of the puck,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper stated. “It was slightly reduction for the blokes. Now we’ve simply obtained to maintain this going.”
Werenski and Domi obtained third-period targets, however the Blue Jackets ran out of time.
NO MORE SAVARD?
Longtime Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard was a wholesome scratch for the sport, doubtless signaling the crew’s intention to commerce him earlier than Monday’s deadline. The 30-year-old Savard, who’s an unrestricted free agent after the season, has been with Columbus for the reason that 2011-12 season and has performed 597 video games with the crew.
THURSDAY NIGHT FIGHTS
After Stefan Matteau leveled the Lightning’s Mikhail Sergachev with a monster hit within the third interval, Cal Foote jumped the Blue Jackets rookie and the 2 brawled briefly. Matteau and Foote went to the penalty field for the struggle, and Foote obtained an additional two minutes for instigating.
Stamkos’ power-play aim was his 10th of the season. The Blue Jackets as a crew have scored simply 14 instances with the person benefit. … Colton has six targets and 9 factors in his first 14 NHL video games. … Tampa Bay defenseman Erik Cernak returned to the lineup after lacking seven video games with a lower-body harm. Luke Schenn was scratched to make room. … Columbus middle Boone Jenner is anticipated to overlook the remainder of the season after he had surgical procedure Wednesday on a damaged finger.
Lightning: Begin a two-game collection with Nashville on Saturday earlier than heading house for a six-game stand.
Blue Jackets: Open a two-game collection with Chicago on Saturday earlier than embarking on a six-game street journey