Duchene’s big night helps Blue Jackets jolt Lightning again
|Toronto Star 12 Apr 2019 at 22:48|
TAMPA, FLA.—Matt Duchene had a goal and three assists, Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves, and the Columbus Blue Jackets stunned the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Friday night to take a 2-0 series lead in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Columbus also got goals from Cam Atkinson, Zach Werenski, Riley Nash and Artemi Panarin. Last spring, the Blue Jackets started the post-season by winning the first two games against eventual Stanley Cup champion Washington, which won the next four games.
Blue Jackets Nick Foligno, left, and Artemi Panarin, right, celebrate Zach Werenski’s goal in Friday night’s Game 2 win over the Lightning in Tampa. (Chris O Meara / AP)
Columbus hosts Game 3 on Sunday night.
Mikhail Sergachev had a goal and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 22 shots for the Lightning, who lost two games in a row just twice in the regular season. Tampa Bay matched the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings for the most wins with 62.
Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov, the Art Ross Trophy winner with a league-leading 128 points, was held off the scoresheet for the second consecutive game and picked up tripping, boarding and 10-minute misconduct penalties late in the third period.
The Blue Jackets rallied from an early three-goal deficit to beat Tampa Bay 4-3 in Game 1 on Wednesday night as Seth Jones scored the go-ahead goal on the power play to cap Columbus’ three-goal third period. Duchene assisted on both Columbus goals during the first period and put the Blue Jackets ahead 3-0 on the power play when the centre scored on the rebound at 1:28 of the second after Vasilevskiy had stopped his tip-in try.
The Lightning got within two goals at 3-1 when Sergachev’s shot went into the net off Blue Jackets defenceman Markus Nutivaara’s skate five minutes into the third. Nash and Panarin scored goals over a three-minute span midway through the period.
Bobrovsky stopped Kucherov’s shot and got a piece of Steven Stamkos’ scoring chance that also went off the crossbar during an early second-period power play.
Duchene stole the puck from J.T. Miller along the left-wing boards and sent a pass into the low slot that Atkinson redirected past Vasilevskiy 5:15 into the game. Werenski made it 2-0 from the blue line after Duchene won a faceoff during a power play at 11:44 of the first.