COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Blue Jackets goalie
Bobrovsky stopped 26 shots and the Blue Jackets played brilliant defense in smothering the
Columbus kept the puck in Tampa Bay's end and tested backup goalie
Bobrovsky, who struggled with groin injuries last season, is healthy and showing no signs of wear. He said it helps when the skaters play such tight defense in front of him.
''The guys were unbelievable,'' he said. ''They make huge blocked shots, and perfect timing when I can't see. We help each other. It's fun to be here.''
The Blue Jackets are 8-1-1 in their last 10 home games.
Karlsson started it for Columbus , taking a pass from Anderson on a 3-on-1 rush and burying a shot from the left circle 5:30 into the first period. It was his fourth goal of the season, and
After a steal by the Blue Jackets,
''Every line was stepping up and Bob made some great saves, and it was just a good 60 minutes,'' Wennberg said.
The Lightning put the puck in the net about 2 minutes later, but after a replay review the goal was waved off because officials ruled
Anderson scored his seventh goal of the season 16 minutes into the second after Hartnell put a pass on his stick from behind the net. Hartnell scored his fifth on a rush after taking a slick pass from Anderson 1:57 into the third.
Gagner capped it with his eighth goal when he skated around the net and pushed the puck past Vasilevskiy 12:38 into the third.
Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said his team isn't pressuring the puck enough.
''It all comes down to defending,'' he said. ''Right now we're not defending with the passion we need to. We've got to start in our own end.''
NOTES: Vasilevskiy, the Lightning's backup goalie, lost for the first time in his last five starts. ... Before the game, a moment of silence was observed for the victims of Monday's attack on the Ohio State University campus, along with recognition of Ohio State police officer Alan Horujko, who ended the attack by killing the suspect. ... D
Lightning: Travel to St. Louis to play the Blues on Thursday night.
Blue Jackets: Play the Avalanche in Colorado on Thursday.
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