Tampa Bay blows 3-0 lead, falls to Columbus in series opener

Seth Jones scored the go-ahead goal on the power play to cap Columbus’ three-goal third period, and the Blue Jackets rallied to beat the Lightning 4-3 in Tampa, Fla., in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference first-round playoff series Wednesday.

Jones made it 4-3 from the slot with 5:55 to play as the Blue Jackets completed a comeback from a 3-0 first-period deficit.

“We can’t get comfortable,” Jones said. “Nothing is going to get easier. It’s only going to get harder.”

Tampa Bay won all three regular-season meetings between the teams.

“I don’t know if it’s a wake-up call,” Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman said, “but we know it’s a tough league to win in, and we want to be better when we’re up 3-0.”

The Lightning, who matched the 1995-96 Red Wings for the NHL record for wins in a regular season with 62, got goals from Alex Killorn, Anthony Cirelli and Yanni Gourde.

Blues 2, Jets 1: Tyler Bozak scored the winner with 2:05 left in the third period as visiting St. Louis won the Western Conference series opener. Pat Maroon sent a backhand pass from behind the net to Bozak in the slot, and Bozak’s quick shot went by goalie Connor Hellebuyck.

Islanders 4, Penguins 3: Josh Bailey scored on a rebound at 4:39 of overtime as New York — opening a postseason series at home for the first time in 31 years — beat Pittsburgh in an East matchup. Robin Lehner stopped 41 shots for the Islanders.

Stars 3, Predators 2: Rookie defenseman Miro Heiskanen scored two goals as visiting Dallas prevailed in the West series opener. Mats Zuccarello also scored for the Stars, who twice won in Nashville this season.

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