Game Recap: Lightning Lose Fifth In Six Tries 3-1

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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.

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 13: Former Tampa Bay Lightning Martin St. Louis watches a banner raise during a ceremony to retire his number 26 at the Amalie Arena on January 13, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 13: Former Tampa Bay Lightning Martin St. Louis watches a banner raise during a ceremony to retire his number 26 at the Amalie Arena on January 13, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Jonathan Drouin scored for the Lightning, who have lost five of six. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 shots.

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.

According to beat writer Bryan Burns, since December 1, Jonathan Drouin has 10 goals, 11 assists and a 1.11 points per game average, tied for 5th-best PPG in the NHL over that span.

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The first period ended 1-0 Lightning, who also had a huge lead in shots of 10-6.

Columbus tied it up 1-1 with 3:20 to go in second period as Josh Anderson scored his tenth of the season, assisted by David Savard (10).

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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.

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Boone Jenner scored an empty net goal unassisted at 18:55 to make it 3-1 Columbus.

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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.

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