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Bobrovsky leads Blue Jackets past Lightning

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Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky didn't face nearly as many shots Saturday as he did two nights earlier, but the result was the same.

Bobrovsky made 33 saves and the Blue Jackets defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 at Amalie Arena.

Bobrovsky made 52 saves in a 4-3 shootoot win against the Panthers on Thursday.

Boone Jenner, David Savard and Jack Skille scored for Columbus, which has won three straight games for the first time this season. The victory snapped Tampa Bay's five-game home winning streak.

"It was a good challenge for us," Savard told the Blue Jackets website. "Obviously they're a huge team with good offensive weapons too. But I think everyone did the job tonight."

Columbus (9-15-2) controlled play early in the Lightning zone and scored on its third shot, 2:37 into the period. Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert passed to Jenner, whose wrist shot from the left circle beat goalie Ben Bishop short-side for his fourth goal.

"To go on the road and sweep a road trip, it's a great feeling," defenseman Jack Johnson said.

Columbus, which went 1-for-4 with the man advantage, converted on its first power play when Jack Johnson passed to Savard, who sent a wrist shot from inside the right circle on goal and it trickled past Bishop at 12:48.

Bishop kept it a one-goal game with several big saves in the period, including one against Skille, who faked a pass, causing Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas to slide. Skille's shot hit Bishop in the chest. Bishop had won his past five games.

The Blue Jackets had a breakaway chance later in the period after a turnover by Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov went right to Brian Gibbons' stick. Gibbons deked before his shot hit Bishop's pads and flipped over the net.

"This was a big test for us," Skille said. "We needed a strong push for all three periods and I think we did that."

Columbus led 2-0 after the first period despite being outshot 14-9. Bobrovsky made a point-blank save on Brenden Morrow with 2:17 left in the first period to maintain the two-goal lead.

"We didn't deserve the points," forward Steven Stamkos told the Lightning website. "You've got to give them credit. Their goaltender played well and their team played well."

During a 4-on-4 situation and less than two minutes remaining in the second period, Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman sent a pass through the crease but Ondrej Palat was unable to put the puck in a vacant net with Bobrovsky out of position.

Skille made it 3-0 off a rush after he came out of the penalty box 4:51 into the third period. Scott Hartnell cleared the puck from the Columbus zone off of the boards to Michael Chaput, who fed Skille in a 2-on-1. Skille's pass to Calvert was deflected by Kucherov past Bishop.

"It was just one of those nights, the bounces didn't go our way," Bishop said. "We had a couple of bounces off of our own player and pucks were bouncing over our sticks. Every now and then, that's going to happen."

Palat scored the Lightning's lone goal on a tic-tac toe passing play from Kucherov and Tyler Johnson at 18:47 of the third period during a 4-on-4 situation and Bishop pulled for an extra attacker.

It was the fourth regulation loss for the Lightning (18-7-3) in their past 19 games. Tampa Bay fell to 11-3-1 at home.

"They got the lead and shut it down," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "They played a good road game."

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