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Columbus Blue Jackets Eliminated In Game Five

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.

First Period

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.

Just one minute after Johnson’s goal, Blake Coleman beats Korpisalo with a wrist shot at 6:39. The goal gives the Lightning an early 2-0 lead. Zach Bogosian picks up the assist.

At 11:51, the Blue Jackets get on the scoreboard with a backhand goal from team captain Nick FolignoAlexander Wennberg and Cam Atkinson picked up the assists.

2-1 Lightning

Nick Foligno – Celebrating his goal with teammates.
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Second Period

During the Blue Jacket’s third power-play of the game, Kevin Stenlund scores a wrist shot on Andrei Vasilevskiy. The power-play goal was scored at 9:35 and was assisted by Seth Jones and Atkinson.

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

Alexander Wennberg – Celebrating his 3-2 goal with the Blue Jackets bench
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3rd Period

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.

Oliver Bjorkstrand – Watches the puck hit the back of the net for a 4-2 lead.
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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.

4-4 Tie
Shots were 40-22 for Columbus after regulation.

Anthony Cirelli – Celebrates his game tying goal
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Overtime

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

Brayden Point – Scores in overtime to win Game 5 and win the series.
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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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Jeremy Ridgewell
36 Years Old Married since 2009 Father of one child Huge fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs
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