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Five Blue Jackets score in win against Lightning

Alexander Wennberg, Cam Atkinson, Brandon Saad each has goal, assist

by Corey Long / Correspondent

TAMPA -- Alexander Wennberg, Cam Atkinson and Brandon Saad each had a goal and an assist to help the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Friday.

Josh Anderson and Nick Foligno also scored for Columbus (11-5-3), which won for the first time in three games. Sergei Bobrovsky made 25 saves.

Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist for the Lightning (13-8-1), who got 33 saves from Ben Bishop. Defenseman Jason Garrison and Ondrej Palat also scored.


WATCH: All Blue Jackets vs. Lightning highlights


Saad scored the game-winning goal at 4:34 of the third period playing 4-on-4. Wennberg worked the puck out of the corner and passed it into the slot for Saad, who put a wrist shot past Bishop high on the stick side to give Columbus a 4-3 lead.

Atkinson scored a shorthanded goal at 11:13 to make it 5-3, wristing a shot past Bishop after Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman lost control of the puck in the Tampa Bay zone.

"We were quick tonight, I thought we played fast," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "I think sometimes playing fast just isn't skating. I liked all parts of our game other than the final three, four minutes of the second period. I thought we played a complete game."

Palat tied the game 3-3 at 3:37 of the third during a delayed penalty call. Kucherov controlled the puck at the point and found Palat streaking to the net for a goal off a redirection.

Anderson gave the Blue Jackets a 3-1 lead at 9:02 of the second period when he scored off the rebound of his own shot. His goal came 29 seconds after Kucherov scored his 11th of the season to get the Lightning to within 2-1.

"We could have put Ben and [Andrei] Vasilevskiy in at the same time, and I don't think it would have made a difference," Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. "The goaltending had nothing to do with it. We play 82 games, chalk one up to a stinker. We got taught a lesson tonight by a team that worked way harder than us."

The Lightning made it a one-goal game again with 1:32 remaining in the second when Garrison scored his first goal of the season. Garrison's initial shot was saved by Bobrovsky, who failed to control the puck. With Ryan Callahan charging the net for a follow-up attempt, Garrison tapped in the rebound.

Wennberg scored at 3:46 of the first period to give Columbus a 1-0 lead, and Foligno scored on the power play at 8:35 of the first to make it 2-0.


Goal of the game

Saad scored the game-winner after some hard work off the faceoff from Wennberg, who stole the puck from Garrison in the corner after losing the draw to Tyler Johnson. Wennberg quickly found Saad in an open space, and the play seemed to catch the Lightning off guard.

Video: CBJ@TBL: Wennberg steals the puck, sets up Saad


Save of the game

Bobrovsky made a big save on Hedman with 44 seconds remaining in the second period and the Blue Jackets leading 3-2. Hedman took a low slap shot from the point through traffic, but Bobrovsky got a pad on it.


Unsung moment of the game

Kucherov's goal could have given the Lightning a boost, but Anderson, after taking a pass from Scott Hartnell off a Tampa Bay turnover, knocked in a rebound to put the Blue Jackets back up by two goals. "They got some momentum-scoring goals, and we were able get back and stop the momentum right away," Wennberg said.

Video: CBJ@TBL: Anderson pokes in a rebound at the doorstep


Highlight of the game

Atkinson's third-period goal was a case of being in the right place at the right time. He pounced on a Hedman turnover and put a shot past Bishop, who was skating back to the crease after playing the puck from behind the net. "I have to come up with a big save there," Bishop said. "I feel like I let the guys down. We battled all the way back to get a tie in the third. I will take the blame for this one."

Video: CBJ@TBL: Atkinson buries SHG off turnover


They said it

"I thought we did a great job of being around the net. That was the result of a few of our goals. I'm just glad we got back to our identity. That was the big thing that was missing last game." -- Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno


"Our goalies have been our best players to start the season, so it's definitely not even close to being on [Bishop]. We've got to play better in front of him." -- Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison


Need to know

Friday was Lightning assistant coach Todd Richards' first game against the Blue Jackets since they fired him Oct. 22, 2015. Richards was 127-112-21 as Columbus coach from 2011-15. ... With his goal, Kucherov has scored against all 30 NHL teams. … At 8-2-2, the Blue Jackets are having the best November in their history. They have two games left.


What's next

Blue Jackets: At the Florida Panthers on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; FS-F, FS-O, NHL.TV)

Lightning: At the Boston Bruins on Sunday (1 p.m. ET; NESN, SUN, NHL.TV)


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