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Nuts and Bolts: Lightning aim to bounce back in Game 2

Tampa Bay got off to a good start in Game 1 but couldn't make the lead hold up

by Bryan Burns /

The Bolts and Blue Jackets resume their First Round series on Friday night in Game 2. 

First period goals from Alex Killorn, Anthony Cirelli and Yanni Gourde helped the Bolts build a 3-0 lead in Game 1 but Columbus responded with four unanswered goals to close out the game and take a 1-0 series lead. 

Lines from Wednesday's Game 1. Subject to change. 

Ondrej Palat - Steven Stamkos - Tyler Johnson
Yanni Gourde - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - J.T. Miller
Adam Erne - Cedric Paquette - Mathieu Joseph

Victor Hedman - Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Jan Rutta

Andrei Vasilevskiy
Louis Domingue

Friday's Matchup
The Lightning will try to level the best-of-seven series against Columbus tonight at AMALIE Arena...Tampa Bay is 7-7 all-time in playoff series when losing Game 1...The Lightning are 10-4 all-time in Game 2s after losing Game 1, including a 5-1 mark in their last six Game 2s following a Game 1 loss...Tampa Bay saw its six-game win streak (reg. season & playoffs) against Columbus come to an end Wednesday and suffered its first loss to the Blue Jackets since Jan. 13, 2017 (a 3-1 home loss on a night Martin St. Louis became the first TBL player to have his jersey retired)...The Bolts are 11-5-0 against Columbus (reg. season & playoffs) since the start of the 2014- 15 season...Andrei Vasilevskiy has recorded a shutout in three of his last seven starts vs. CBJ and has more regular season shutouts against the Blue Jackets (3) than he does against any other NHL team (Vasilevskiy is still looking for his first career playoff shutout)... J.T. Miller has tallied 1-3--4 in four games this season vs. CBJ...Yanni Gourde has tallied a point in two-straight games and three of four games vs. CBJ this season (2-2--4)...Mikhail Sergachev has recorded seven assists in four games vs. CBJ this season.

Friday's Storylines
Tampa Bay is 15-8 all-time in Game 2s and 8-5 in Game 2s at AMALIE Arena...The Lightning are 8-3 in Game 2s under head coach Jon Cooper...Tampa Bay owns an all-time playoff record of 73-61, including a 36-32 record at home and a 35-30 record at AMALIE Arena... The Lightning are 36-28 in the postseason under Jon Cooper...The Bolts come into Game 2 with 1,229 combined games of playoff experience on the roster; Dan Girardi has the most playoff experience (140 games) overall on the Lightning while Victor Hedman has played in the most playoff games (83) with Tampa Bay...The Lightning won the first Presidents' Trophy in franchise history in 2018-19 and finished as the top team in the Eastern Conference (and Atlantic Division) for the second-consecutive season...Tampa Bay's 62 regular season wins were tied with the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings for the most in NHL history...The Lightning's 128 regular season points were the fourth most all-time in the League...The Bolts have reached at least the Eastern Conference Final in four of the last eight years -- a feat achieved by only seven other franchises since the round was introduced in 1981-82...Tampa Bay can join Edmonton, Colorado, Detroit and Boston as the only clubs to reach the Conference Finals four times in a span of five years or less...Since the start of the 2015 playoffs, the Lightning rank tied for second in the NHL for playoff wins with 36 (1st: Pittsburgh - 39).

2018-19 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 119
2018-19 Playoff Man Games Lost: 1
Current injuries
Anton Stralman (Lower Body; Day-to-Day) 2 Games (1 playoff game)

Game 2 Plaza Party
If you don't have a ticket to Game 2, join us at our Plaza Party on Ford Thunder Alley. The party starts at puck drop with live music, giveaways, $5 beers, $8 liquor drinks, food specials & more. 

Parking Info
As our partners at Water Street Tampa continue to develop the 60 contiguous acres in the neighborhood surrounding AMALIE Arena, we ask for your patience and consideration when planning your visit to cheer on the Lightning or enjoy a concert, event or family show. We are pleased to report that the development project is well underway with a hotel and USF Health's Morsani College of Medicine in the midst of construction while we expect to see groundbreakings on several other projects during the 2018-19 season. Roadways are being realigned, traffic patterns are changing and new transportation options are emerging - all with a vision of creating a more user-friendly environment in the blocks surrounding AMALIE Arena.

As you plan your trip downtown, we aim to keep you informed of these new developments, offering you all you need to know about arriving at AMALIE safe and on time for your game or event.

Visit for more information. 

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
Round 1 Match Up Puck
Gear up for the Lightning's First Round series vs. the Blue Jackets with this official match up puck. Available exclusively in store and at

The Road Ahead
Game 3 at Columbus Blue Jackets - Sunday, April 14
Game 4 at Columbus Blue Jackets - Turesday, April 16
Game 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - Friday, April 19*
Game 6 at Columbus Blue Jackets - Sunday, April 21*
Game 7 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - Tuesday, April 23*
*if necessary

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