Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Mark Letestu tallied the game-winning goal
on the power play to complete a third-period comeback as the Columbus Blue
Jackets defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2, at Nationwide Arena.
Tampa's Tyler Johnson went off for hooking with just under four minutes
remaining. After a few opportunities on the man advantage, the hosts
converted. Jack Johnson launched a shot from the point and Letestu
redirected the shot to beat Anders Lindback with 2:38 to go, propelling his
team to their fourth straight victory.
Ryan Johansen and Nathan Horton supplied the other two goals, while
Johnson had two assists for the Blue Jackets, and Sergei Bobrovsky turned
aside 26 shots.
The Lightning received goals from Alex Killorn and Victor Hedman, while
Lindback allowed three goals on 28 shots. Tampa Bay has dropped three of five.
After a Brandon Dubinsky goal was disallowed, Columbus officially got on the
board at 3:46 of the second. Johansen fired a shot from the blue line through
a maze of players and past a screened Lindback.
Tampa Bay evened it less than two minutes later after Dubinsky went off for
cross-checking. Killorn deflected a shot from Matt Carle out of the air
and into the net on the power play.
Hedman jumped up on the play and joined the offensive rush to give the
Lightning the lead 53 seconds later. He took a pass from Johnson at the
left circle and wristed a shot from the slot to beat Bobrovsky.
Horton notched his 200th career goal to tie the game at two at the 3:09 mark
of the third. Horton moved up to the left circle and fired a wrister that beat
Lindback over the shoulder.
Carle extended his point streak to seven games ... Columbus won the first
matchup 1-0 on Dec. 3. The two teams will conclude their series on Apr. 11 in
Tampa Bay ... Goaltender Ben Bishop returned to the Lightning lineup to backup
Lindback after missing three games with a sprained right wrist ... Six of the
last seven games between the two teams have been decided by one goal.
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