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Boyle scores shorthanded, Lightning top Blue Jackets

by Craig Merz / NHL.com

COLUMBUS -- Tampa Bay was shorthanded in more ways than one when trying to kill a Columbus Blue Jackets power play early in the third period of a tie game at Nationwide Arena on Monday.

The Lightning dressed 11 forwards because of injuries and lost another in the first five minutes of the game, but still defeated the Blue Jackets 2-1 when Brian Boyle scored a shorthanded goal and goaltender Ben Bishop made it stand.

Jonathan Marchessault scored for the Lightning (15-13-3) and Bishop made 25 saves.

"No one's complaining about ice time," Boyle said. "It's what happens. You play smart, don't get caught out there too often. Sometimes it's easier. You get involved in the game and you don't think as much."

Brandon Dubinsky scored for Columbus and Joonas Korpisalo made 27 saves in his NHL debut.

The Blue Jackets (11-18-3) have lost four in a row and are 1-4-3 in the past eight.

"For us, the difference is small," Dubinsky said. "We've got to find a way to capitalize on all those power plays, then they come down and score a [shorthanded goal].

"We had a lot of chances to tie the game, a lot of chances to take the lead there in the third. It just didn't go in for us. Margins are little until we start burying some of those opportunities."

Boyle broke a 1-1 tie at 6:13 of the third, converting a pass from Alex Killorn during a 2-on-1. Boyle has eight goals.

"Any time you get a shorthanded goal, it's huge for momentum. Then we killed the rest of their power play," Killorn said.

Columbus forward Alexander Wennberg, whose miscue led to the Lightning's first goal, was victimized again when he lost the puck at the point to start the odd-man rush the other way.

"I put him right back out there," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "He's one of our better playmakers. He's not afraid to make a play. He's going to learn. You can't run and hide when you make a mistake."

Bishop got help in preserving the lead. Defenseman Matt Carle got a skate on a Scott Hartnell shot to deflect it out of the way when the goalie was out of position.

With 2:17 left during a scramble, Bishop was on his back and a shot by Dubinsky went three-fourths of the way across the goal line. Lightning forward Vladislav Namestnikov pushed the puck under Bishop for a faceoff.

"It went through my stick," Bishop said. "I had the blade just where I wanted it. I guess it snuck under my stick. I'd say 99 out of 100 times it would hit my stick. I don't know how it got through."

The Lightning has scored two or fewer goals in seven of the past nine games but Bishop has made the dearth of goals palatable. After the near-goal for Columbus in the third, he made a save against Hartnell coming down the right wing with 1:45 left.

"He was a fish out of water, flopping all over the place making saves," Columbus forward Nick Foligno said.

Korpisalo, a third-round pick (No. 62) in the 2012 NHL Draft, wasn't bad either.

"It was an amazing experience, kind of a dream come true," he said. "From the beginning, we played good defensively so I got in the flow right away. They took away the rebounds, so I felt pretty confident out there."

Marchessault, a former Blue Jackets forward, scored off a turnover by Wennberg at 11:11 of the second period to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead. Wennberg felt pressure in the right corner and blindly threw the puck to the middle, where an open Marchessault scored on a one-timer for his third goal.

"It was right between my legs, right in the slot," Marchessault said. "The goalie wasn't expecting that. They didn't see me coming. I was coming off the bench."

Dubinsky made it 1-1 at 16:44 of the second after a pass by Matt Calvert from below the goal line. Dubinsky skated left to right across the crease and found an opening on Bishop with a backhand shot for his fifth goal and first in 11 games.

Lightning forward Joel Vermin sustained an upper-body injury five minutes into the game and did not return. Vermin, in his sixth NHL game, was recalled by Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Monday.

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