Blue Jackets Take Down Lightning Behind Offensive Outburst

By Jacob Nitzberg on April 6, 2021 at 9:39 pm
Apr 6, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets center Zac Dalpe (26) celebrates a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Nationwide Arena.
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That's more like it.

The Blue Jackets took it to the Lightning tonight, coming away with a 4-2 win. Joonas Korpisalo dominated, while Zac Dalpe, Jack Roslovic Max Domi, and Nick Foligno got on the board for Columbus tonight.

Dalpe, of all people, got the scoring started in the first period. He wouldn't have even been in the lineup tonight if it weren't for Riley Nash's likely season-ending knee injury. Domi saw Dalpe streaking through the Lightning zone, found him with a great pass, and Dalpe beat Vasilevskiy to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead. The goal was Dalpe's first NHL tally since October 20th, 2016.

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After 20 minutes, the score remained 1-0, Columbus. In the second period, the Blue Jackets kept pushing, and were rewarded. Roslovic found himself with the puck on his stick at the doorstep, and buried it to double the Blue Jackets' lead.

They weren't done. Domi made it 3-0 on the power play, after Patrik Laine skated hard to the net and drew a slashing penalty. It was a two-point effort for Domi, as he continues to improve every night.

Then, Nick Foligno buried the puck into an empty net to seal the victory for the Blue Jackets. Ross Colton broke Korpisalo's shutout bid with 5:23 remaining, then a point shot made it 4-2 with 18.7 seconds remaining, but 4-2 was as close as the Lightning would get.

 It was a comprehensive beatdown, as Blue Jackets continued to outplay the Lightning this season.

Next Up

The Blue Jackets will take on the Lightning once again on Thursday night, with puck drop slated for 7:00 P.M. eastern time.

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