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Joonas Korpisalo, Blue Jackets get past Lightning

Goalie makes 31 saves for Columbus in season debut

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Joonas Korpisalo made 31 saves in his season NHL debut to help the Columbus Blue Jackets defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 at Amalie Arena on Friday.

Korpisalo was a late addition after Sergei Bobrovsky did not start because of an illness.

The Lightning put a lot of pressure on Korpisalo in the first period but he responded with 18 saves on 19 shots.

 

WATCH: All Blue Jackets vs. Lightning highlights

 

"How about [Korpisalo]?" Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "We find out that right after warmups that [Bobrovsky] can't go and he steps in. He was outstanding in that first period to give us a chance to win."

Nick Foligno, Josh Anderson and Boone Jenner scored for the Blue Jackets (29-8-4), who completed a three-game season sweep of the Lightning.

Video: CBJ@TBL: Korpisalo makes a series of saves on Drouin

Jonathan Drouin scored, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 28 saves for Tampa Bay (20-20-4), who defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 on Thursday.

Foligno gave the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead at 4:29 of the third period. With Columbus on a power play, Alexander Wennberg put a shot on goal and Foligno got the rebound in front.

"I just thought we were a little bit soft on pucks in the first and allowed them to generate too much speed," Foligno said. "We caused some turnovers in the second and got some zone time and eventually took over the game and got a big win."

Jenner made it 3-1 with a shorthanded empty-net goal with 1:05 remaining.

 

Bid on warmup and game-worn jerseys from Friday's game

 

Columbus had lost three of four following a 16-game winning streak.

"You don't want to draw it up that way," Tortorella said. "[But] for us right now, where we're at, where we dipped a little bit, I think that's a good way to find a win. Grab a hold of ourselves and grind away."

Drouin gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead at 16:18 of the first period on his 13th goal. Valtteri Filppula made a cross-ice pass from the circle to Drouin, who scored from the crease.

"I thought we started the right way and we slowed down in the second," Drouin said. "We allowed them to dictate play too much and stopped forechecking the way we were in the first."

Anderson tied it 1-1 at 16:40 of the second period with his 10th goal. David Savard took a shot from the point that deflected off Lightning defenseman Braydon Coburn. The puck ended up on Anderson's stick and he chipped it over Vasilevskiy.

 

Goal of the game

Ondrej Palat and Filppula did a nice job of puck movement to find Drouin open in the crease for the first goal.

Video: CBJ@TBL: Drouin chips the puck home on the doorstep

 

Save of the game

 Korpisalo stopped Brian Boyle on a one-timer from the slot at 18:49 of the second period.

Video: CBJ@TBL: Korpisalo makes a sprawling stop in tight

 

Unsung performance of the game

 The Blue Jackets penalty kill held the Lightning without a shot on their final power play with 3:04 remaining in the third period. Jenner scored with one second remaining on the power play.

"It was a pretty even game all the way through," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "It came down to the special teams match at the end and we couldn't do it."

 

Highlight of the game

 Foligno muscled his way to the front of the net during a power play and fought off two Lightning defenders to score off the rebound.

"Good patience, really good patience," Tortorella said. "Nick did a good job in front of the goalie. Huge goal. That's been a little bit of a recipe for us winning games."

Video: CBJ@TBL: Foligno buries a rebound for PPG

 

They said it

 "That's hard. I look on my left and I see all the Stanley Cup guys I coached and Marty and the emotion of it all, and then you have to coach a game. I wanted to hang with them but I had to go coach a game." -- Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella on the pregame jersey-retirement ceremony for Martin St. Louis

 

"Where we are right now [in the standings], to not have the mentality [for the rest of the game] that we had in the first period is disappointing. We have a really hard, long trip coming up (six games through Jan. 26). We need to be greedy." -- Lightning forward Brian Boyle

 

Need to know

Korpisalo made his NHL debut Dec. 14, 2015 against the Lightning; he made 27 saves in a 2-1 loss. … Vasilevskiy has lost his past five starts in regulation. … The Lightning retired Martin St. Louis' No. 26 before the game. The 2004 Stanley Cup champion and 2004 Hart Trophy winner is the first Tampa Bay player so honored.

 

What's next

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

Lightning: At the Los Angeles Kings on Monday (4 p.m. ET; SN, FS-W, SUN, NHL.TV)

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