Steven Stamkos' Hat Trick Leads Lightning Past Blue Jackets 5-2 On Tuesday

By Coby Maeir on April 9, 2024 at 9:51 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Kirill Marchenko (86) scores a goal as Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak (81) and center Luke Glendening (11) attempted to defend during the second period at Amalie Arena.
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Despite two goals from Kirill Marchenko, the Blue Jackets lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Tuesday.

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1st Period

Brendan Gaunce nearly gave the Jackets the lead at 10:50 when he hit the near post with a left-circle wrist shot on the rush.

Brayden Point opened the scoring at 16:31 with a left-circle one-timer thanks to a sweet turnaround feed from Nikita Kucherov who received a nice pass from Anthony Duclair. 

Marchenko set a new career-high with his 22nd goal of the season and tied the game at 19:17 with a nifty wrist shot from the slot off an assist from Cole Sillinger off the rush. 

The clubs were tied at one after 20 minutes with Tampa Bay taking a 10-9 advantage in shots on goal into the second period.

2nd Period

Marchenko scored his second of the game and 23rd of the season at 7:13 with a power-play wrist shot from the slot. With the primary assist on the goal, Johnny Gaudreau recorded his 500th career assist and Zach Werenski tied a Blue Jackets single-season record for assists by a defenseman with his 44th. 

Steven Stamkos tied the game with a power-play one-timer from the left circle at 14:17 thanks to a fantastic cross-ice feed from Kucherov.

The teams were tied at two after 40 minutes with Tampa Bay leading 21-20 in shots on goal. 

3rd Period

Cirelli gave the Lightning a 3-2 lead at 5:40 with a backhand shot from the right doorstep off a net-mouth scramble.

Stamkos doubled the Tampa Bay lead with his second of the game with a one-timer from the high slot at 5:56.

Stamkos completed his hat trick at 17:57 with an empty-net goal.

With the 5-2 loss, the Blue Jackets fell to 26-41-12. 


  • Shots on Goal: CBJ 33-33 TBL
  • Face-off %: CBJ 45-55 TBL
  • Power play: CBJ 1/2-1/2 TBL
  • Giveaways: CBJ 3-6 TBL
  • Takeaways: CBJ 7-4 TBL
  • Blocked shots: CBJ 14-16 TBL
  • Hits: CBJ 28-39 TBL
  • 5-on-5 stats (via
    • Expected Goals (xG): CBJ 2.26-1.90 TBL
    • Shot Attempts (CF): CBJ 59-50 TBL
    • Shots on Goal (SF): CBJ 28-28 TBL
    • Scoring Chances (SCF): CBJ 27-20 TBL
    • High-Danger Chances (HDCF): CBJ 6-5 TBL

Injury Update

  • Boone Jenner is out.
  • Adam Boqvist is out with an upper-body injury sustained on Mar. 14 against the Ottawa Senators. There is no timetable for his return. 
  • Yegor Chinakhov is day-to-day with an upper-body injury he suffered on Mar. 12 against the Canadiens. 
  • Elvis Merzlikins is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. 
  • Kent Johnson has been placed on injured reserve with a torn labrum in his left shoulder that will sideline him for the remainder of the season. He underwent successful surgery on Mar. 7 and is expected to make a full recovery in six months.
  • Patrik Laine entered the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program on Jan. 28 and will be away from the team indefinitely.
  • Adam Fantilli suffered a calf laceration on Jan. 28 and is expected to miss eight weeks.
  • Jake Bean is out for the season with a broken hand suffered on Apr. 4. 
  • Daniil Tarasov is out with an upper-body injury suffered on Apr. 4. 
  • Alex Nylander is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
  • Carson Meyer left the game with an upper-body injury in the first period and did not return.

Next Up

The Jackets will stay in Florida when they face the Panthers at Amerant Bank Arena on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.

They'll head north to Nashville and face the Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.

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