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 objective 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.
Jack Roslovic had a objective 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 pictures earlier than being benched for Elvis Merzlikins, who made 21 saves the remainder of the way in which..
Goodrow’s objective, which went in off the skate of Blue Jackets ahead Patrik Laine, chased Korpisalo simply 5:41 into the sport.
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 saved 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 objective.
Werenski and Domi bought third-period targets however the Blue Jackets ran out of time.
Lightning: Begin a two-game collection with Nashville on Saturday earlier than heading dwelling for a six-game stand.
Blue Jackets: Open a two-game collection with Chicago on Saturday earlier than embarking on a six-game highway journey