Jackets move to the brink of sweeping Lightning

Jackets move to the brink of sweeping Lightning

Jackets move to the brink of sweeping Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning aren't exactly off to a good start in their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Game 3 is Sunday in Columbus.

Without their top scorer, the suspended Nikita Kucherov, and injured defenceman Victor Hedman, the Lightning and couldn't find any momentum until late in the final period, and then Bobrovsky rose to the challenge. In 52 regular season games, the former New York Ranger tallied 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) for the Bolts. Bjorkstrand went over Andrei Vasilevskiy's head from the right circle on a power play for a 2-0 Columbus lead at 8:25, with rookie Alexandre Texier picking up his first National Hockey League assist.

On Wednesday, Columbus took the first win of the series.

The suspension for Kucherov is be a massive blow for the Presidents' Trophy-winning Lightning, who are desperate to climb back into the series after two stunning losses to Columbus.

The memory of last season's outcome should act as a chip on the shoulders of the Blue Jackets as they aim to win their first playoff series in franchise history.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are headed home with a big lead in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Tampa now is fighting from behind, with the Blue Jackets taking a commanding 2-0 series lead in Friday night's Game 2 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Multiple fans tweeted that they were done with the Lightning after another disappointing playoff performance against the Blue Jackets.

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