McElhinney helps Lightning defeat Blue Jackets

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TAMPA Curtis McElhinney made 24 saves for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 3-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Amalie Arena on Thursday.

Blake Coleman scored twice for the Lightning (31-14-2), who are 3-2-0 on a six-game homestand.

Seth Jones scored for the Blue Jackets (15-25-9), who have lost all five games on their road trip. Elvis Merzlikins made 25 saves.

Jones gave the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 9:36 of the first period, a shot from the point with Jack Roslovic setting a screen.

Coleman tied it 1-1 at 14:51 of the second period with a shot from the right face-off circle that Merzlikins got a piece of before it went in the net.

Palat made it 2-1 at 8:14 of the third period with a shot off an assist from Alex Killorn.

Coleman scored an empty-net goal at 19:35 for the 3-1 final.

The teams complete their two-game set here Sunday.

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