Here are three things from a difficult defeat at Amalie Arena.
IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE
Hanging on to a 2-1 lead in the third period, the Blue Jackets appeared to be executing their Tampa Bay Playbook to perfection.
They were above the puck and in solid defensive position. They hunted down loose pucks, arrived in fives and broke out in fives. And when they had chances to score, they took advantage and tested Andrei Vasilevskiy. But this game got away from the Blue Jackets as regulation wilted away; Ross Colton scored off the rush to tie the game, 2-2, and within the span of another shift, Brayden Point (surprise!) gave the Lightning its second and final lead of the game.
After seeming to be in total control, the Blue Jackets lost it in a jiffy. It didn’t sit well with them.
“We played good…(and) found a way to lose,” defenseman Zach Werenski said. “It’s definitely tough. That’s a game we have to win.”
OFFENSE MAKES A STATEMENT
Yeah, yeah. The Blue Jackets scored two goals, which isn’t often enough to win a game–even though it should’ve been more than enough tonight. The process, however, was really good tonight.
Columbus outplayed Tampa Bay at 5-on-5, controlled the flow of the game and didn’t make many mistakes. They needed to see pucks go in the net for some key guys, and Werenski found the net again tonight. Up in…