Tampa Bay Lightning VS Columbus Blue Jackets
Starting the game off strong in the first period, Nikita Kucherov came in with the first goal of the night. Yanni Gourde and Mikhail Sergachev assisted on the first Lightning goal of the game. Then, Nikita Kucherov followed up with his second consecutive goal of the night, unassisted. This gave the Lightning a 2 goal lead over the Blue Jackets in the first period.
End of the First Period: 2-0 Tampa Bay Lightning
The second period was dominantly a defensive period with little offensive progress. However, just before the end of the second, Steven Stamkos managed to add to the Lightning lead with his first goal of the night. He was assisted by Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point.
End of the Second Period: 3-0 Tampa Bay Lightning
Brayden Point came out ready to make his point in the third period. He scored his first goal of the night only 12 seconds into the third. Nikita Kucherov and Mikhail Sergachev assisted on the goal. Just 34 seconds later, Brayden Point scored his second consecutive goal of the night, giving the Lightning a 5 goal lead. He was assisted on the fifth and final Lightning goal by Nikita Kucherov who, impressively, played a role in every goal scored by the Lightning tonight. Finally, the Blue Jackets managed to get a score on the board with Lukas Sedlak scoring a goal. Riley Nash and Scott Harrington assisted on the only Columbus goal of the night, ending the game with a Lightning victory lead by 4.
End of the Third Period: 5-1 Tampa Bay Lightning