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Point’s OT Goal Pushes Tampa Bay into Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round

TORONTO – The Tampa Bay Lightning are in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the seventh time in franchise history.

Tampa Bay rallied from two goals down in the third period to win Game 5 over Columbus 5-4 in overtime to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 in the best-of-seven First Round series and move on to the Second Round.

Brayden Point netted the game-winning and series-clinching goal 5:12 into overtime, taking a feed from Nikita Kucherov in the slot and backhanding a puck past Columbus goalie Joonas Korpisalo for the 5-4 win.

The Lightning struck twice in a 61-second span of the first period to open up a 2-0 lead.

Tyler Johnson got a piece of Erik Cernak’s shot from the point to deflect it past Korpisalo and provide the Lightning a 1-0 lead at 5:38.

Tampa Bay increased its lead to 2-0 shortly after getting on the board on the first goal by Blake Coleman in a Lightning sweater at 6:39.

Columbus scored the next four goals to get back in the contest.

The Blue Jackets got on the board just after a power play expired, Nick Foligno popping a shot past Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy at 11:51 of the first period to cut Tampa Bay’s lead to 2-1.

Columbus tied the game 2-2 on the power play at 9:35 of the second period, Kevin Stenlund scoring off his own rebound to beat Vasilevskiy five hole.

The Blue Jackets grabbed their first lead 16 seconds before the end of the second period, Alexander Wennberg scoring from the slot to make it 3-2 Columbus.

Columbus went up 4-2 at 9:33 of the third period on Oliver Bjorkstrand’s third goal of the series.

Tampa Bay mounted a late comeback in the final period to force overtime.

Kevin Shattenkirk drove a shot from the top of the right circle past Korpisalo at 12:01 of the third to get the Lightning back within a goal at 4-3.

Tampa Bay tied the game with 1:38 left in regulation, Anthony Cirelli scoring his first goal of the playoffs off his skate with the Lightning net empty to make it 4-4 and force overtime.

Vasilevskiy stopped 37-of-41 shots to win his third-straight game.

The Bolts move on to the Second Round where they await the remainder of the Eastern Conference playoff series to finish up to learn their opponent.

GAME NOTES: The Lightning now own an all-time playoff record of 79-66 and are 42-33 in the postseason under head coach Jon Cooper…..Columbus outshot Tampa Bay 41-25…..Point led the Lightning with four shots…..the Lightning move to 15-10 all-time in Stanley Cup Playoffs series….Tampa Bay is 12-9 all-time in Game 5s….Kucherov tallied his 69th career playoff point to pass Martin St. Louis and take over as Tampa Bay’s all-time playoff scoring leader….Vasilevskiy improved to 6-2 in the 2020 Playoffs and finished the First Round with a 4-1 record.


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