What a night!
The Blue Jackets overcame a 3-0 deficit to overcome the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was the first time this season that the Lightning lost a game after trailing by three or more goals.
The game could not have started worse for the Blue Jackets. Alex Killorn scored on a shorthanded breakaway to open the scoring at 1-0 after Seth Jones misplayed the puck on the powerplay.
Six minutes later, Anthony Cirelli scored off an Erik Cernak rebound, as the Blue Jackets scrambled desperately for answers.
Still in the first period, Mikhail Sergachev's shot was tipped in by Yanni Gourde to bump the lead to 3-0. The horn sounded mercifully with the shots 13-6 in favor of the Lightning.
Sergei Bobrovsky, who wasn't necessarily at fault for any of the first three goals, made a huge save early in the second period to basically keep the game within reach.
The Blue Jackets scrambled their lines and developed some pressure as the second period. At the 9:15 mark of the second period, Nick Foligno gathered a loose puck in the defensive zone off an errant pass that sent him on a breakaway, where he beat Andrei Vasilevskiy to the stick side to put Columbus on the board.
Bobrovsky made several key saves late in the second period and early in the third period to keep the game within striking distance. Then, at the at the 7:56 mark of the third period, David Savard grabbed a loose puck, dangled around Victor Hedman, and sniped Vasilevskiy to the blocker side to bring the game to 3-2.
Just as momentum was starting to build, Brandon Dubinsky took a double-minor high-sticking penalty at the 9:23 mark of the third period. Not only did the Blue Jackets kill the penalty, but Boone Jenner found Josh Anderson, who made a fantastic move on a 2-on-2 and beat Vasilevskiy to tie the game at 3-3.
Minutes later, Foligno drew a high-sticking penalty. And just seconds after that, Artemi Panarin found Seth Jones in the slot, who sniped a perfect shot over the shoulder of Vasilevskiy to give the Blue Jackets their first lead of the game, 4-3.
Defenseman Ryan Murray missed his 24th game in a row with an upper body injury. Fellow blueliner Adam McQuaid is day-to-day with what's believed to be a concussion.
The Blue Jackets will try to take a 2-0 lead in the series versus the Lightning on Friday night in Tampa.
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