TAMPA, Fla. – Matt Duchene had a hit and three assists, Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 savings, and Columbus Blue Jackets stunned Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Friday night to lead the series 2-0 in the first round.
Columbus also scored goals from Cam Atkinson, Zach Werensky, Riley Nash and Artemy Panarin. The Blue Jackets began post-season last season when he won the first two games in the first series with a possible Stanley Cup Washington, who won the next four games.
Mikhail Sergachev had a shot and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 22 shots for Lightning, who in the regular season lost two games in a row only twice. Tampa Bay coincided with Detroit Red Wings in 1995-96 for most wins in regular season with 62.
Right-wing shooter Nikita Kucherov, who led the NHL with 128 points, was postponed for the second consecutive match, and in the third period he eliminated sanctions, embezzlement and 10-minute offenses in the third period.
The Blue Jackets struggled with three goals, defeats in the first period to beat Tampa Bay 4-3 in game 1 on Wednesday night when Seth Jones reached the goal he had achieved at power to fill the third goal of the third goal.
Duchene assisted on both goals of the Kolumbs in the first period and put Blue Jackets ahead 3-0 on power play when the center reached the rebound at 1:28 second after Vasilevskiy stopped the attempt.
Lightning ran into two goals with 3-1 when Sergachev left the net of defender Blue Jackets Markus Nutivaar in the fifth minute in the third minute. But, Nash and Panarin achieved goals in the three-minute range in the middle of the era.
Bobrovsky stopped Kucher's shot and got a chance to score Steven Stamkos, who also moved from the cross into an early power game in the second period.
Duchene stole a baker from J.T. Miller along the left board and sent a low slot that Atkinson shifted past Vasilevsky 5:15 into the game.
Werenski reached 2-0 with a blue line after Duchene won the attack on the team at 11:44 am.
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NOTES: Lightning upgraded Columbus 17-3 when he beat all three matches between the teams in the regular season. … Tampa Bay D Anton Stralman (injury to the lower body) dropped out of his third consecutive game, but he attended the morning skates. The shooter Jon Cooper is not bound when Stralman returns. … Lightning RW Ryan Callahan and D Braydon Coburn were a good scratch for another game. … Tampa Bay reached 325 goals in 2018-1919, most from any team in 23 years.
Columbus hosts game 3 on Sunday night.