BLUE JACKETS 3 | LIGHTNING 1
David Savard Post Game
Jack Johnson Post Game
Todd Richards Post Game
Jack Skille goalANALYSIS:
Bobrovsky has had his number called often tonight but the Blue Jackets are also playing a solid game in front of him. Though there wasn’t much going on in the Tampa zone in the second period (shots were 12-4 favoring the Lightning), Columbus has worked with sound structure and given Bobrovsky room to see the puck. No goals for either side in the second period but plenty of chances - in particular for Tampa. Bobrovsky made a pair of dazzling pad saves in tight to leave the Lightning looking to the rafters. Another big third period is needed for the Blue Jackets, and they’ll need to find some more time in the offensive zone to eat some of the clock.
The Blue Jackets did a lot of what made them successful early in Thursday’s game against Florida - playing with pace, being aggressive on the forecheck and forcing Tampa to play a game it doesn't want to play. Boone Jenner scored early, cashing in on a nice play at the line by Matt Calvert to turn the puck over. Jenner went high under the crossbar to beat big Ben Bishop, giving the Blue Jackets a deserved 1-0 lead. Then, on the power play, it was David Savard creeping down the right flank and putting a bad-angle wrist shot on Bishop that he was unable to handle, and the puck squeaked between his arm and the post for a 2-0 Columbus lead. Sergei Bobrovsky was credited with 14 saves in the first period and a few of them were outstanding, including a post-to-post rejection late in the period to keep the Lightning off the board.
Boone Jenner goal
David Savard goal
UPDATE (11:55 AM): It appears as though Tim Erixon will get back in the lineup tonight. The following defense pairs were used in today's skate...
UPDATE (11:45 AM): Here are the Blue Jackets' morning skate lines and pairs, courtesy of our friend Jody Shelley...
MORNING UPDATE: Good morning from sunny and summer-like Tampa!
The Blue Jackets are going for their third straight win tonight, and it's a tall task that lies ahead. The Lightning are red-hot and would qualify as an offensive juggernaut, leading the NHL in scoring output (3.56 goals/game) and boasting some of the game's top weapons - led by captain Steven Stamkos.
Last time out, it was a franchise-best goaltending performance from Sergei Bobrovsky that earned the Blue Jackets two points in Sunrise. Bobrovsky made 52 saves including a 4-for-4 effort in the shootout to pick up the win, Columbus' second in a row and second straight against the Panthers.
Todd Richards said lineup changes are possible and we'll have a further update after the morning skate at Amalie Arena.