Bjorkstrand, Blue Jackets top Lightning in Game 2 of Eastern First Round


Ryan Murray and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored in the first period and the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Thursday.

Joonas Korpisalo made 36 saves after stopping an NHL-record 85 shots in Game 1 and Pierre-Luc Dubois had two assists for Columbus, which tied the best-of-7 series 1-1.

Nikita Kucherov scored and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 19 saves for Tampa Bay, which won 3-2 in the fifth overtime of the fourth-longest game in Stanley Cup Playoff history Tuesday.

Game 3 is in Toronto, the hub city in the East, on Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVAS, FS-O, SUN).

Alexander Wennberg scored a highlight-reel goal to give Columbus a 3-1 lead at 11:27 of the third. Wennberg carried the puck down the right side and played it between his legs to drive outside and past Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk before cutting to the net to shoot and score while crashing into Vasilevskiy.

Kucherov gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead at 5:24 of the first.

The Lightning had the first 10 shots on goal before Nick Foligno was stopped by Vasilevskiy at 12:33. The Blue Jackets tied it 1-1 when Ryan Murray cut in front of the net to redirect Dubois’ pass from the right corner and score his first postseason goal at 12:52.

Columbus went ahead 2-1 at 18:35 during a power play when Bjorkstrand one-timed a pass from Dubois for his second goal of the playoffs.

Blue Jackets forwards Cam Atkinson and Nathan Gerbe were unfit to play. They were replaced by Devin Shore and Emil Bemstrom.

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