Brayden Point scored at 5:12 of overtime and the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 in Game 5 to win their Eastern Conference First Round series at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Wednesday.
Tampa Bay is 6-2-0 in the postseason as a No. 2 seed and avenged a four-game sweep by Columbus in the first round last season. It will play the Montreal Canadiens or the next lowest remaining seed.
Point scored four goals against the Blue Jackets, including the game-winner at 10:27 of the fifth overtime for a 3-2 victory in Game 1 to end the fourth-longest game in Stanley Cup Playoff history.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 37 saves, including 22 of 24 shots in the second when Columbus scored twice and set a team playoff record for shots in one period.
Joonas Korpisalo made 20 saves for the Blue Jackets, who led 4-2 after trailing 2-0 in the first when Oliver Bjorkstrand scored at 9:33 of the third.
Anthony Cirelli tied the game 4-4 when Point’s shot went in off his left skate with 1:38 left in the third and Vasilevskiy pulled for an extra skater. It came on the second of three straight assists for Nikita Kucherov, his 69th playoff point to move ahead of Martin St. Louis for most in Lightning history.
Kevin Shattenkirk scored to make it 4-3 at 12:01 of the third.
Nick Foligno got Columbus within 2-1 at 11:51 of the first. He scored on a backhand of Alexander Wennberg‘s shot one second after a Lightning penalty expired.
Columbus tied it at 2-2 on a power play when Kevin Stenlund scored his first playoff goal at 9:35 of the second.
Wennberg gave the Blue Jackets a 3-2 lead with 16 seconds remaining in the second, a shot that went between Vasilevksiy’s legs while Foligno battled with Kucherov in the goal mouth.