Blue Jackets Fighting Hard Despite Early Heartbreak in First-Round Playoff Series
The Blue Jackets and Lightning kicked off Round 1 action Aug. 11 with an electrifying marathon. It took five overtime periods for Tampa Bay to finally break the collective heart of Columbus’, 3-2.
The Lightning tied the game at two seconds into the third period, on a controversial hustle play. Tampa Bay’s third-line C Yarri Gourde set up camp in front of the Columbus net after an apparent icing on Tampa was not called. Gourde’s determination eventually trickled the puck past Blue Jacket goalie Jonas Korpisalo.
Korpisalo ended the night with a mind-shattering NHL-record 85 saves on 88 shots, with a remarkable .966 GAA. Imagine losing a hockey playoff game after making 85 saves! Lightning netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy set a franchise playoff record by making 61 saves on 63 shots. Vasilevskiy’s GAA of .968 was slightly better than Korpisalo’s GAA.
Tampa starting C Brayden Point scored his second goal of the game at 9:33 of the fifth overtime, killing Columbus. Point picked up a loose puck off a rebound at the top of the slot, slinging in the game-winner. Since then, the Lightning and Blue Jackets split the next two games, and Tampa Bay is leading the series 2-1 as of this moment.
NHL Series Prices have changed dramatically since our First Round series preview. Columbus started at +190 and has jumped to +500. For all you sports bettors still believing in the Blue Jackets’ chances of pulling off the upset, double down. Tampa Bay’s moneyline to win the series got stingy, going from -230 to -500. You can do all of your NHL online betting when you visit our sportsbook.
Below we’ll cover the remaining schedule for this First-Round playoff series.
Remaining Schedule Blue Jackets vs Lightning
Tuesday, Aug. 11: Blue Jackets 2- Lightning 3 (5 OT)
Thursday, Aug. 13: Blue Jackets 3- Lightning 1
Saturday, Aug. 15: Lightning 3- Blue Jackets 2
Monday, Aug. 17: Lightning vs Blue Jackets, 3 p.m. ET- NBCSN
Wednesday, Aug. 19: Blue Jackets vs Lightning (TBD)
Friday, Aug. 21: Lightning vs Blue Jackets (TBD)
Saturday, Aug. 22: Blue Jackets vs Lightning (TBD)