COLUMBUS, Ohio - Brian Boyle scored a short-handed goal in the third period and Ben Bishop made several big stops down the stretch, finishing with 25 saves as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on Monday night.
Jonathan Marchessault also scored for Tampa Bay, but star forward Steven Stamkos was held off the scoreboard for the ninth straight game.
Already decimated by injuries to regular forwards Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, Jonathan Drouin, Cedric Paquette and Erik Condra, the Lightning lost Joel Vermin when he was hurt on his first shift. Vermin, recalled from the minors for this game, did not return.
Brandon Dubinsky scored for Columbus, which has dropped four in a row. Joonas Korpisalo, a 21-year-old rookie, was impressive in stopping 27 shots during his first NHL start.
Korpisalo is the Blue Jackets' current backup behind Curtis McElhinney, with Sergei Bobrovksy sidelined by a groin strain.
After two near misses by Scott Hartnell, Alex Killorn fed Boyle on a 2-on-1 for his eighth goal to make it 2-1 at 6:13 of the third. The usually heady Alexander Wennberg coughed up the puck again, leading to Tampa Bay's score.
Down the stretch, Bishop, second in the league with a 1.96 goals-against average, was superb and a bit lucky as well.
Pressing for the equalizer, the Blue Jackets received a bench minor with 5:46 remaining for having too many men on the ice, but it didn't slow them down. Columbus got behind the Tampa Bay defence, creating dangerous chances.
Then, with 2:17 left, after a series of whacks at the puck by three Blue Jackets players at the crease, Dubinsky slid a shot along the ice that hit off Bishop's arm before settling on the goal line but not entirely crossing over it. Vladislav Namestnikov came to the rescue, pushing the puck under Bishop with his glove.
Bishop made two more critical stops in the final 2 minutes on Hartnell with room in the slot.
Korpisalo was tested at the outset but looked comfortable while making several nice saves on an early Lightning power play. Later in the first period, he reached back with his left pad to stop Killorn at the post.
Bishop was just as good, calmly closing down Brandon Saad and then a charging Boone Jenner.
Marchessault made it 1-0 at 11:11 of the second on an unassisted goal. Wennberg, in the corner, sent an ill-advised pass directly to Marchessault in the slot that he fired past Korpisalo.
Dubinsky tied it on a backhand move for his fifth of the season and first in 11 games at 16:46. Nick Foligno made a nice keep at the blue that led to Matt Calvert flicking a backhand pass from behind the net to Dubinsky.
NOTES: Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella served as a Tampa Bay assistant before becoming the franchise's winningest coach with a 239-222-74 record from 2000-08. He led the Lightning to a Stanley Cup championship in 2004. ... The Lightning also recalled C Yanni Gourde on Monday. ... Korpisalo was 5-4-2 with two shutouts, a 2.12 goals-against average and .928 save percentage for the Blue Jackets' Lake Erie Monsters AHL affiliate. He was selected in the third round of the 2012 draft. ... Tampa Bay plays in Toronto on Tuesday, while the Blue Jackets travel to Dallas. ... Hungry for a goal, Stamkos kicked the puck into the net in the first period as if it was a soccer ball but the goal was immediately waved off.