Turnovers. Turnovers. Turnovers. They were the story of this game for the Lightning.
Four of the five goals scored by the Columbus Blue Jackets were the result of a Lightning defensive zone turnover. But those four turnovers weren't the only ones the Lightning committed. Thanks to those giveaways, the Blue Jackets repeatedly kept pucks in the Lightning zone throughout the night and created scoring chances. As a result, the Bolts spent much of the game stuck in their own zone, unable to go on the attack themselves.
Many of these turnovers were forced. In other words, the Blue Jackets forechecked very effectively and were able to disrupt plays by getting their sticks on Lightning passes. Or simply by taking pucks away from Lightning puck carriers. Other Lightning turnovers were unforced, however - plays in which the Lightning just gave the puck away.
Two of the turnovers that led to Columbus goals came within a minute of a Lightning tally. Those are killer goals to allow - and they took away any potential momentum the Lightning might have generated from the goals that they had scored.
So this wasn't the Lightning's night. They were sloppy and they ran into a team that was playing crisply. The Bolts must clean up their game when they begin another road trip on Sunday in Boston.
Lightning Radio Big Moment of the Game (as selected by Phil Esposito):
Josh Anderson's goal that came 29 seconds after a Lightning score.
Lightning Radio Three Stars of the Game (as selected by Phil Esposito):
- Cam Atkinson - Blue Jackets. Goal and assist.
- Seth Jones - Blue Jackets. Strong all-around game.
- Nikita Kucherov - Lightning. Goal and assist.