On the night Martin St. Louis‘ number was retired the Tampa Bay Lightning (20-20-4) played one period and phoned the other two in. Joonas Korpisalo made 31 saves in his first game of the season, Nick Foligno had a go-ahead power-play goal in the third period and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 last night.
The Lightning opened the scoring at 16:18 as Jonathan Drouin netted his 13th of the year, assisted by Valtteri Filppula (21) and Ondrej Palat (13). Drouin scored on a one-timer on the back door off a beautiful feed from Filppula to make it 1-0 Bolts.
The first period ended 1-0 Lightning, who also had a huge lead in shots of 10-6.
Columbus controlled the second period outshooting Tampa Bay 16-6.
With Tyler Johnson in the penalty box for holding, the Blue Jackets went up 2-1 on Nick Foligno‘s 15th goal, a power play goal assisted by Zach Werenski (20) and Alexander Wennberg (20) at 4:29. The puck went off Andrei Vasilevskiy‘s skate and in.
Boone Jenner scored an empty net goal unassisted at 18:55 to make it 3-1 Columbus.
Shots ended up 32-31 in favor of the Lightning. Tampa Bay had 19 shots in the first period. They had 13 more the rest of the game.
Brian Boyle: “We had a good first period. We were pretty ordinary after that.”
Tampa Bay will travel to Los Angeles to take on the Kings on Monday at 4:00 PM, the start of a six game 13 day western road trip.