Tampa Bay Lightning Use Big First Period to Beat Columbus


Nov 6, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (51) works out prior to the game against the Calgary Flames at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Lightning used four first period goals en route to a 7-4 road win against the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday night.

Tampa Bay got goals from J.T. Brown, Cedric Paquette, Anton Stralman and Brian Boyle in a 9:55 burst to put them into a commanding lead heading into the first intermission.

After Scott Hartnell got the Blue Jackets on the board 4:11 into the second, Ryan Callahan scored his fourth of the year 1:27 later to make it 5-1. Hartnell would score again but not before Tyler Johnson got his second of the season to give the Bolts a 6-4 lead after two.

Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno got the Jackets within striking distance in the third but Johnson added an empty netter with 51 seconds left to seal the two points.

Evgeni Nabokov made 28 saves while Columbus starter Anton Forsberg was pulled after the first period. Curtis McElhinney made 20 saves in relief.

The Bolts converted two of their three power play chances (Stralman and Johnson’s first) while all but one of Columbus’ goals (Johansen) came with the man advantage.

Despite all the offense, Steven Stamkos only managed a seconday assist. Callahan also added two assists, as did Jonathan Drouin. Only Matt Carle, Eric Brewer and Ondrej Palat were held pointless.

The Bolts are in action again Sunday when they travel to Detroit to battle the Red Wings.