COLUMBUS — The Tampa Bay Lightning lost for the first time this season, 5-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Saturday.
Eric Robinson had a goal and an assist, and Elvis Merzlikins made 30 saves when the Blue Jackets (2-2-2) split two games with the Lightning (3-1-0).
Victor Hedman had a goal and an assist and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 24 saves for the defending Stanley Cup champions.
The Blue Jackets played about three hours after trading top-line center Pierre-Luc Dubois and a 2022 third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft to the Winnipeg Jets for forward Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic.
Hedman gave Tampa Bay the lead at 4:10 of the first period. Nick Foligno‘s third goal 17 seconds later tied it 1-1.
Mikhail Grigorenko gave Columbus a 2-1 lead at 10:03 of the first. It was the first NHL goal for Grigorenko since April 4, 2017, against the Chicago Blackhawks while playing for the Colorado Avalanche. He played the past three seasons in Russia in the Kontinental Hockey League.
Vladislav Gavrikov extended the Columbus lead to 3-1 with 59 seconds left in the first.
A power-play goal by Ondrej Palat made it 3-2 with 14 seconds remaining in the first period for his third goal.
Zach Werenski made it 4-2 at 6:34 of the third period and Robinson scored into and empty net at 18:12 to make it 5-2.
Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak was injured and left the game after his shift ended at 14:52 of the first period.
Lightning forward Mitchell Stephens was injured at 3:48 of the third after getting tangled with Columbus defenseman David Savard.