Lightning score seven, defeat Blue Jackets for first win in four games


COLUMBUSOndrej 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.

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