Blue Jackets crush Lightning 5-1, take two-game series lead

The Columbus Blue Jackets are making a serious bid to knock the team with the best regular-season record out of the playoffs.

Matt Duchene had a goal and three assists, Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves, and the visiting Blue Jackets stunned the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 Friday to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference first-round series.

“It’s half the wins that we need,” Duchene said. “We’re keeping our heads down and our eyes on the prize.”

Columbus also got goals from Cam Atkinson, Zach Werenski, Riley Nash and Artemi Panarin.

Mikhail Sergachev had a goal and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 22 shots for the Lightning, who lost two games in a row just twice during their 62-win regular season.

“The regular season is different than the playoffs,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “Things just happen so fast. Alarms are going off. This is a five-alarm fire. But it’s adversity, and sometimes that’s good that you have to go through stuff like this to see how we respond. One thing I do know about being with this group is, they find a way.”

Islanders 3, Penguins 1: Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey scored in the third period, and host New York beat Pittsburgh for a 2-0 lead in their East series. Anthony Beauvillier also had a goal and Robin Lehner stopped 32 shots for the Islanders. Erik Gudbranson scored and Matt Murray finished with 31 saves for the Penguins.

Blues 4, Jets 3: Oskar Sundqvist had two goals for visiting St. Louis, which took a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference first-round series. Pat Maroon and Ryan O’Reilly also scored and rookie Jordan Binnington made 26 saves for the Blues. Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and one assist for Winnipeg.

This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/sharks/article/Blue-Jackets-crush-Lightning-5-1-take-two-game-13764772.php.

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