Lightning Fade Down Stretch In Loss To Columbus

Lightning Unable To Build On Early Lead

Nick Foligno scored the game winner on a power play goal at the 4:29 mark of the third period as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1. Josh Anderson scored and Boone Jenner added an empty net short handed goal.

Joonas Korpisalo, making his season debut, stopped 31-of-32 shots as the Blue Jackets improve to 29-8-4 (62-points).

Jonathan Drouin scored the Bolts lone goal and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 28 saves as the Tampa Bay Lightning fall to 20-20-4 (44-points) on the year.

For the first time in franchise history the Lightning were swept in a three game series by Columbus losing two games at home.

The loss ends the Bolts eighth set of 16 back-to-back games this season. They are 5-3-0 in the first game and 1-4-3 in the second.

It’s the most such games since they had 16 in in 2010-2011. The franchise record for back-to-back series in a season was 19 in both the 1993-1994 and 1997-1998 seasons.

Brian Boyle: Results Are All That Matter

“Results are really all that matters, and we’re working at it. They’re certainly not blowouts, but I mean were not setting the bar that low. We need to change our attitude a little bit and kind of find our mojo and carry ourselves with a little bit more confidence and know that we can score quick goals, we can come from behind and we can jump out to leads.”

Lightning Tidbits: 

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  • Jonathan Drouin scored the games opening goal. It was just the 17th time in which they’ve scored first this season. They are 12-5-0 in such games.
  • It was Drouins 13th goal on the season and extended his points streak to four games (2-goals, 3-assists). He has points in seven of his last eight games (3-goals, 6-assists) and has 21 goals in his last 19 games dating back to December 1st.
  • Valtteri Filppula picked up an assist on Drouin’s goal extending his points streak to three games (3-assists).
  • Ondrej Palat also picked up an assist on Drouin’s goal. In nine games since returning from injury he has nine points (5-goals, 4-assists).
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy had given up four or more goals in each of his last four starts (5,5,4,6) and five of his last eight.
  • The Lightning power play was held scoreless in three opportunities while the penalty kill unit allowed a goal in four Blue Jackets attempts.

 Lightning Injury Notes:

  • Steven Stamkos (right lateral meniscus) is out four months (injured November 15th) missed his 26th game.
  • Brayden Point (upper body injury) is out for 4-6 weeks missed his seventh game.
  • J.T. Brown (upper body injury) missed his third straight game.
  • Ryan Callahan (lower body injury) missed his third straight game.

Up Next:

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The Lightning will begin a six game road trip beginning in Los Angeles Friday to take on the Kings.





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