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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Pick & Prediction APR 8TH 2021

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Recap APR 8TH 2021

Yanni Gourde and Barclay Goodrow each had a goal and an assist as the Tampa Bay Lightning earned a 2-1 victory in Game 4 on Monday in their first-round playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Toronto.

The victory gives the Lightning a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference series. Tampa Bay can clinch the series with a victory in Game 5 on Wednesday.

Cam Atkinson scored the Blue Jackets' lone goal in Game 4.

All of the Lightning's offense came in the first five minutes of the second period. Tampa Bay's third line of Goodrow, Gourde, and Blake Coleman emerged from the first intermission with a dominant string of shifts that resulted in two goals.

Just 16 seconds into the second frame, Coleman sent a well-placed pass from the side of the net across to Goodrow for the game's opening goal. It was Goodrow's first goal of the playoffs, snapping a personal 19-game points drought in postseason play.

Gourde extended the lead at the 4:09 mark, tipping in a booming Kevin Shattenkirk shot from beyond the circle.

The Blue Jackets responded to Gourde's score by recording the game's next eight shots on goal. The flurry included a goal from Atkinson, who was back in the Columbus lineup after missing Games 2 and 3 with an undisclosed injury.

After being outshot 159-102 over the first three games of the series, Columbus outshot the Lightning by a 29-22 margin in Game 4.

But the Blue Jackets' offensive breakout ran into another strong effort from Andrei Vasilevskiy. The Lightning goaltender stopped 28 of 29 shots to improve to 5-2-0 with a .932 save percentage since the NHL restart.

Columbus goalie Joonas Korpisalo saved 20 of 22 shots in the losing effort. Korpisalo's game was highlighted by a pair of rapid-fire saves on Pat Maroon and Tyler Johnson during a second-period Lightning power play.

A would-be goal from Oliver Bjorkstrand at 1:52 of the first period was disallowed. A video review revealed a Columbus player was offside in the lead-up to Bjorkstrand's score.

--Field Level Media

Seeking a boost to perhaps get their season turned around Tuesday, the Columbus Blue Jackets found it in fourth-liner Zac Dalpe.

The center scored for the first time in 4 1/2 years, Joonas Korpisalo turned aside 36 shots, and the Blue Jackets improved to 3-1-1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 4-2 win to open their four-game homestand.

On Thursday night, the Central Division teams will meet in Columbus for the final time this season. The foes have two more games scheduled in Tampa.

Without a goal since Oct. 20, 2016, Dalpe shoveled in a sharp pass from Max Domi to put Columbus on the board. Defenseman Seth Jones started the play deep in the defensive zone with a long pass to Domi, located near the Lightning bench.

"I knew there were a lot of days between my last goal and now," said Dalpe, who tallied for the first time in 1,629 days. "Definitely joy and some relief. I still want to prove to people and myself that I can play at this level. Getting the goal is a cherry on top."

The former Ohio State Buckeye was asked if he and his teammates turned up their game against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

"Maybe," Dalpe said. "I think at this point in the year we're just out to prove that we can be a better hockey team and be more consistent. Obviously, it's no secret about the Lightning and how good and skilled they are, so maybe that adds a little pep in your step, so to speak."

Korpisalo blanked the them deep into the third period before Ross Colton and Luke Schenn scored goals.

"Korpy was outstanding, giving us a chance," Columbus coach John Tortorella said. "Dalps is another guy that's easy to pull for - taxi squad, not on the taxi squad, all that. It's been a long year for him."

Gritty left winger Boone Jenner - one of Tortorella's heart-and-soul guys - left after being struck in the wrist by a shot from teammate Patrik Laine in the third period.

"The situation that we're in here, that's the guy you want leading the charge," Tortorella said. "I'm not so sure we're going to get good news there."

Meanwhile, the Lightning have suffered a power-play outage -- surprising given the elite talent of Victor Hedman, Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point anchoring the top unit.

They went 0-for-4 in the loss, extending their man-advantage futility to 1-for-18 in the past seven contests.

Lately, the team has struggled to score at all, going seven periods during one stretch and finding the net just once.

"I think when the scoring dries up, you're looking for answers," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "The big thing is, when that is happening you can't change your game. That's a hard part for any athlete.

"We had a breakaway, we had a two-on-one, we had some good chances. Then all of a sudden we have one breakdown (on Dalpe's goal) and it ends up in the net. Now you're chasing it."

Holding third in the division, the Lightning are only two points behind first-place Florida but are 2-5-0 in their past seven matches.

Added Stamkos, goal-less in seven straight: "It just feels like no matter what we're doing, we're just not getting that reward or that bounce."

--Field Level Media

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4 6
  • @Nashville L 2 - 7
  • @Nashville W 3 - 0
  • @Columbus W 6 - 4
  • @Columbus L 2 - 4
  • Detroit L 5 - 1
  • Detroit W 1 - 2
  • Columbus W 2 - 3
  • Columbus L 3 - 1
  • @Carolina L 3 - 4
  • @Dallas L 3 - 4
W 20% L 80%
2 8
  • Chicago L 4 - 3
  • Chicago L 4 - 3
  • Tampa Bay L 6 - 4
  • Tampa Bay W 2 - 4
  • @Florida L 0 - 3
  • @Florida L 2 - 5
  • @Tampa Bay L 2 - 3
  • @Tampa Bay W 3 - 1
  • @Detroit L 1 - 4
  • @Detroit L 1 - 3

Next Games

  • Florida(03-21-21) W 3 - 5
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  • Carolina(02-25-21) W 1 - 3
  • Carolina(02-25-21) W 1 - 3
  • Columbus(04-01-21) W 2 - 3
  • @Dallas(03-06-21) L 0 - 5
  • @Dallas(03-06-21) L 0 - 5
  • @Florida(04-04-21) L 0 - 3
  • @Florida(04-04-21) L 0 - 3
  • @Tampa Bay(04-01-21) L 2 - 3

Last Meetings

  • Lightning @ Blue Jackets 6-4
  • Lightning @ Blue Jackets 2-4
  • Blue Jackets @ Lightning 2-3
  • Blue Jackets @ Lightning 3-1
  • Lightning @ Blue Jackets 2-5
  • Lightning @ Blue Jackets 3-2
  • Blue Jackets @ Lightning 4-5
  • Lightning @ Blue Jackets 2-1
  • Lightning @ Blue Jackets 3-2
  • Blue Jackets @ Lightning 3-1

Eastern Conference

Toronto Maple Leafs2811460 14-0-614-0-5143112L27-0-1
Tampa Bay Lightning2812157 15-0-413-0-8143108L14-0-6
Florida Panthers2712256 14-0-413-0-8136117L37-0-3
Boston Bruins2212448 11-0-611-0-6112106L25-0-4
Montreal Canadiens1813642 9-0-99-0-4123114L15-0-5
Detroit Red Wings1523535 9-0-96-0-1499140L25-0-3
Ottawa Senators1426331 9-0-105-0-16118164L13-0-6
Buffalo Sabres1025424 4-0-136-0-12100147L14-0-3

Western Conference

Colorado Avalanche309363 18-0-412-0-5154101L19-0-1
Winnipeg Jets2614153 11-0-615-0-8139115L16-0-3
Minnesota Wild2513252 15-0-410-0-9124111L25-0-3
Nashville Predators2419149 13-0-911-0-10119123L18-0-2
Chicago Blackhawks2018343 11-0-89-0-10122135L15-0-5
St. Louis Blues1917442 7-0-1012-0-7122132L13-0-6
Dallas Stars1514636 8-0-67-0-8113107L24-0-3

Eastern Conference

Washington Capitals2811258 14-0-514-0-6152127L26-0-4
Carolina Hurricanes2710256 14-0-313-0-7133102L26-0-3
New York Islanders2711357 18-0-29-0-912598L17-0-3
Pittsburgh Penguins2713256 16-0-311-0-10146118L28-0-2
New York Rangers2016444 9-0-711-0-9136112L15-0-3
Philadelphia Flyers1917240 9-0-910-0-8123154L24-0-4
Columbus Blue Jackets1520636 8-0-87-0-12112145L32-0-7
New Jersey Devils1421230 4-0-1610-0-5103135L32-0-6

Western Conference

Vegas Golden Knights2911058 16-0-413-0-713896L16-0-3
Edmonton Oilers2515252 13-0-812-0-7134120L16-0-2
Arizona Coyotes1920341 10-0-89-0-12118139L54-0-6
Calgary Flames1921240 10-0-99-0-12115127L44-0-6
San Jose Sharks1820238 8-0-1010-0-10114141L35-0-5
Vancouver Canucks1618234 9-0-97-0-9100120L36-0-3
Los Angeles Kings1620537 7-0-99-0-11114127L23-0-7
Anaheim Ducks1423533 5-0-149-0-9101138L25-0-4

Last Injuries

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Riley Nash

    Late May | out

    Nash has been assigned to the long-term injured reserve list with a knee injury, and he is expected to miss four to six weeks.

  • Nick Foligno

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Foligno has been added to the COVID-19 Protocol list, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Zach Werenski

    out for season | out

    Werenski is set to undergo surgery for a sports hernia, and he will miss the remainder of the 2020-21 season.

  • Boone Jenner

    out for season | I-R

    Jenner has been added the injured reserve list after undergoing surgery to repair a broken finger, and he will be shut down for the remainder of the season.

  • Nick Foligno

    Upper Body
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Foligno missed the last game with an upper-body injury, and it is unclear if he will face the Blackhawks on Monday.

  • Riley Nash

    Lower Body
    Late May | out

    Nash is tending to a sprained knee, and he is expected to be out of the lineup until the later parts of May.

  • Oliver Bjorkstrand

    Prob Thurs | probable

    Bjorkstrand is ailing from an illness, but he is projected to be active on Thursday versus the Lightning.

Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Steven Stamkos

    Lower Body
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Stamkos has missed the previous two games with a lower-body injury, and it is unclear if he will take the ice Thursday versus the Panthers.

  • Jan Rutta

    Lower Body
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Rutta has been assigned to the long-term injured reserve list with a lower-body injury, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Erik Cernak

    Lower Body
    Out indefinitely | out

    Cernak is out of the lineup with a lower-body injury, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Curtis McElhinney

    Ques Tues | questionable

    McElhinney missed the previous game due to an unknown injury, and it is uncertain if he will take on the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.