COLUMBUS — Ondrej Palat scored twice and had an assist when the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-2 at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.
Brayden Point scored and had two assists and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 20 saves for the Lightning (22-8-5). They had lost three straight (0-2-1).
Gustav Nyquist scored and had an assist for the Blue Jackets (15-15-1), who have lost four of five.
They have been outscored 14-6 in their past two games.
Joonas Korpisalo, who cleared COVID-19 protocol on Friday, made 29 saves in his first game since Dec. 16.
Palat’s goal on Tampa Bay’s first power play at 4:53 of the first period made it 1-0. He made it 2-0 at 9:30.
Corey Perry scored on the second Lightning power play made it 3-0 at 17:27 with his ninth goal.
Dean Kukan scored on a rebound 37 seconds into the second period to make it 3-1. He returned after missing 24 games since Oct. 25 with a wrist fracture.
Point regained a three-goal lead, 4-1, at 1:36 before Nyquist made it 4-2 at 4:16.
Pat Maroon‘s power-play goal at 12:19 of the second extended the lead to 5-2. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored 36 seconds into the third period to make it 6-2 and Alex Killorn scored at 12:20 for the 7-2 final.