Blue Jackets Pick Up A Point, But Extend Losing Streak To Nine In Overtime Loss To Lightning

By Ed Francis on April 25, 2021 at 9:40 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nathan Gerbe (24) passes the puck as Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (98) during the second period at Amalie Arena.
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It seemed inevitable, didn't it?

Eric Robinson had the first multi-goal game of his career and Mikhail Grigorenko put his name in the goal column for the first time since early February, but the three goals weren't enough as the Columbus Blue Jackets fell in overtime to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3.

  1 2 3 OT F
BLUE JACKETS 2 0 1 0 3
LIGHTNING 1 1 1 1 4

Ondrej Palat gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead in the first period when he took Brayden Point's pass from behind goaltender Joonas Korpisalo and rung it off the inside of the goalpost.

Tampa Bay's lead would be short-lived, as just over five minutes later the Blue Jackets would tie the game at 1-1 on Grigorenko's third of the season. 

Columbus would pull ahead just over two minutes later, when Robinson scored the first of his two goals with just over thirty seconds remaining in the opening period. 

After tying the game in the second period, the Lightning would again find themselves trailing when Robinson's second goal of the night gave the Blue Jackets a 3-2 lead just :55 into the third period.

As it's been all season though, Columbus would not hold onto the lead for long. Less than two minutes after Robinson's goal, Tampa Bay would answer with the first career goal from forward Alex Barre-Boulet. Joonas Korpisalo was injured on the play, and did not return after leaving the game with what the club said is a lower-body injury. 

Overtime lasted mere seconds, as the first shot of the frame - from big defenseman Victor Hedman - would beat Elvis Merzlikins, who had come in following Korpisalo's injury. 

The loss sends Columbus to a 1-10-2 record in April, with three of the four points gained this month coming against Tampa Bay. The Blue Jackets have lost nine in a row overall and are 2-12-3 in the last calendar month.

Injury Update

Joonas Korpisalo left the game in the third period with a lower-body injury. Gus Nyquist, Boone Jenner, and Zach Werenski are all done for the season after surgeries for various ailments. Emil Bemstrom is recovering from an injury and his timeline is unclear.

Next Up

Columbus returns home for the first time in over two weeks with a Tuesday night match-up against the Detroit Red Wings. Puck drop from Nationwide Arena is set for 7:00 P.M.

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