Twitter reacts to Lightning losing again to Blue Jackets


Sure, Tampa Bay can hope they take a page from the Capitals' playbook and come back to beat the Blue Jackets after dropping the first two games at home.

The incident happened in the third period of Columbus's 5-1 win Friday night. The Bolts had the NHL's best record in the regular season and head to Columbus on Monday hoping to avoid the dreaded 0-3 hole. Kucherov was the one to initially trip Nutivaara to the ice, and while Nutivaara attempted to regain his footing, he remained in a defenseless position until Kucherov drove him into the boards.

For the first time all season, the Lightning have lost three straight games. Columbus fans were happy to see their team on the brink of finally winning a playoff series.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey scored in the third period and NY beat Pittsburgh for a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. Bjorkstrand went over Andrei Vasilevskiy's head from the right circle on a power play for a 2-0 Columbus lead at 8:25, with rookie Alexandre Texier picking up his first National Hockey League assist.

Tampa now is fighting from behind, with the Blue Jackets taking a commanding 2-0 series lead in Friday night's Game 2 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Columbus signed D Vladislav Gavrikov on Saturday but he's not cleared to play yet because his visa is pending.

But Victor Hedman didn't want anyone on the Blue Jackets to get too comfortable taking a two-game edge. Columbus has scored four power-play goals in the series.