The Blue Jackets had a 4-2 lead in the third period, but the Tampa Bay Lightning fight back to win game five and the series.
The Lightning did not waste much time scoring the game’s first goal. Tyler Johnson scores a tip-in to beat Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo just 5:38 into the game. Picking up the assists on the goal are Erik Cernak and Anthony Cirelli.
With just 15.8 seconds left in the period, Wennberg scores a wrist shot on Vasilevskiy. Assists on the goal go to Vladislav Gavrikov and Foligno. The Blue Jackets now have a 3-2 lead.
The Blue Jackets took over the game in the second. They outshot the Lightning 24-8 in the period and, shot attempts were 42-10 for the Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets did not allow many high-quality scoring chances against.
3-2 Blue Jackets
It took just over nine minutes before we got our first shot of the period. 28 seconds after Oliver Bjorkstrand took that first shot of the period he scored on a rebound. The goal was challenged by the Lightning for goaltender interference. After video review, the call on the ice stands and, we have a good goal. The Blue Jackets have now scored four unanswered goals and have a 4-2 lead. Gavrikov and Pierre-Luc Dubois pick up the assists.
Just under eight minutes at 7:59, Kevin Shattenkirk slap shots a rocket passed Korpisalo to get the Lightning within one. Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov get the assists. The goal came on just the second shot of the period for the Lightning.
With just 1:38 left in the game and the Lightning net empty, Cirelli scores to tie the game. Kucherov shot the puck from the corner, it bounced off Korpisalo right onto Point’s stick. Point passes the puck to Cirelli at the top of the crease, and Cirelli shoots it into the back of the net.
Shots were 40-22 for Columbus after regulation.
Just 5:12 into overtime, Point scores the game-winning and, series-clinching goal. Point scored to win game one in the fifth overtime, and once again he is the overtime hero.
Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard tried passing the puck to Gavrikov, but it bounced off his skate right to Kucherov. Kucherov then passed the puck to Point who was all alone in front of the Blue Jackets net. Point was then able to beat Korpisalo with a backhand to win the game.
Final Score: 5-4 Lightning
Game Five Stats
Score: 5-4 Lightning
Shots: 41-25 Blue Jackets
Hits: 45-30 Lightning
Faceoff Percentage: 53% – 47% Blue Jackets
Final Thoughts on Game Five
If these two teams have taught us anything, it is that no lead is safe. This game was no different as both teams blew two-goal leads. Unfortunately for the Blue Jackets, it cost them the series. From the five overtimes in game one to the overtime winner here in game five, these two teams gave us an entertaining series.
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