Columbus Blue Jackets-Tampa Bay Lightning Making History in Game 1

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lightning game began at 3:10 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday afternoon for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It appeared as if the game was never going to end, but Brayden Point scored the game-winning goal with 9:33 remaining in the fifth overtime as Tampa Bay defeated Columbus 3-2.

That was his second goal of the game. It was assisted by Nikita Kucherov and Mikhael Sergachev. Point’s shot went off a defenseman on Columbus at first and then the puck bounced right back to him and Joonas Korpisalo never saw the shot.

Korpisalo finished the game with 85 saves which are now a Stanley Cup Playoff record. It broke Kelly Hrudey‘s record of 73 saves set in 1987 for the New York Islanders against the Washington Capitals in a game New York won on April 18. 1987.

Bright Spots

Andrei Vasilevskiy was just as brilliant for the Tampa Bay Lightning. He finished with 61 saves. It felt as if these goalies had Velcro or pine tar on them throughout this game because it felt impossible to score on them though.

This also happened to be the fourth-longest game ever in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The longest game in playoff history was on March 23, 1936, when the Detroit Red Wings played the Montreal Maroons. The game lasted 176:30 though.

Another record that was set in this game was Seth Jones‘s ice time for a defenseman. He was on the ice for 65:05 and Jones said after the game that he felt fine.

The Columbus Blue Jackets wanted an explanation from the refs as to why Cam Atkinson didn’t get a penalty shot or a penalty call on Victor Hedman, defense of the Tampa Bay Lightning, just a minute or so before Point’s game-winning goal.

Head coach John Tortorella didn’t want to discuss the non-call and Jones felt like they didn’t get a quality explanation, but Tortorella’s message to his team was simply to get some rest and get ready for Game 2.

Big Tampa Victory

This was a monumental win for Tampa Bay. Had they lost this game, it would have been deflating because of the fact they were swept in the playoffs against them last season. The Lightning has unfinished business.

The Blue Jackets can bounce back and still win this series. It is only Game 1 though. Steven Stamkos was out for this game for Tampa Bay and we will see when he returns to the lineup.

Just 2:39 into the game, Pierre-Luc Dubois scored a power-play goal on a tip-in. Alexandre Texier and Seth Jones recorded assists on the goal for Columbus.

Brayden Point tied the game at one for Tampa Bay at the 6:27 mark in the first period. It was assisted by Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman.

Kucherov is the heart and soul of this Tampa Bay Lightning team though. He also had a chance early in the second overtime to score but failed to though.

Final Moments

With just 48 seconds remaining in the second period, Oliver Bjorkstrand scored a goal from the end boards with Andrei Vasilevskiy down and playing low though. It was assisted by Pierre-Luc Dubois and Dean Kukan.

Just 23 seconds into the third-period, Yanni Gourde scored a goal for Tampa Bay. It was assisted by Ryan McDonagh and Blake Coleman.

The goal happened to occur because Joonas Korpisalo thought he had the puck but he accidentally kicked it into his own net though. The rest of this game was history though.

Head coach Jon Cooper had to be pleased with the effort of gritty and toughness this team displayed in Game 1. Speaking of Game 1, the Carolina Hurricanes and the Boston Bruins were supposed to play at 8 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN on Tuesday night but because this game didn’t end until 9:23 p.m. Eastern time, they will be playing at 11 a.m. on Tuesday morning at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario.

The distance between games has to be 87 minutes. The latest they could have started was 11 p.m. Eastern, but they felt it was better to begin the next day though. We will see happens throughout that game and the rest of this series.

Game 2 of this series will be at 3 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN on Thursday with Tampa Bay leading Columbus 1-0 though.

What did you think of this crazy 5 overtime game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Tampa Bay Lightning? Leave a comment below.

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