National Hockey League slaps Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov with one-game suspension

National Hockey League slaps Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov with one-game suspension

After being down 3-0 in the first period, the Blue Jackets started to turn things around.

Already without Nikita Kucherov (suspension) and Victor Hedman (injury), the Lightning still had enough weapons to mount a comeback in the series starting with Game 3, but the suffocating play of the Blue Jackets kept Tampa's stars quiet. Columbus is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall and 5-1 in their last 6 home games while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games as a home underdog. Columbus took Game 1, winning 4-3.

Late in the third period with Tampa trailing, Kucherov trips Nutivaara behind the Columbus net.

Mikhail Sergachev had a goal and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 22 shots for the Lightning, who lost two games in a row just twice in the regular season. The last time was in 2014, when the Los Angeles Kings dug out of the hole in the opening series against San Jose and eventually won the Stanley Cup.

After a scoreless first period, the Blue Jackets struck 1:44 into the second when Duchene was in the right place to score off a rebounded.

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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.

Columbus also got goals from Cam Atkinson, Zach Werenski, Riley Nash and Artemi Panarin.

Kucherov has zero points through the first two games of the series.

If that wasn't enough, on Friday the Blue Jackets dominated the Lightning in an even bigger win. Columbus has scored four power-play goals in the series.

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