Bobrovsky leads Blue Jackets past Lightning
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Sergei Bobrovsky made save after save, again.
Bobrovsky made 33 saves to help the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 on Saturday night for their third straight win.
Boone Jenner, David Savard and Jack Skille scored for the Blue Jackets. Bobrovsky lost his shutout bid with 1:13 left in the third on Ondrej Palat's goal. The Columbus goalie was coming off a career- and franchise-best 52 saves in Thursday's 4-3 shootout win over Florida.
''It's definitely frustrating, but most important, two points. It's huge for us,'' Bobrovsky said about losing the shutout bid.
The victory moved the Blue Jackets out of last place in the Metropolitan Division.
The Eastern Conference-leading Lightning had their five-game home winning streak end and fell to 5-1-1 in their last seven games.
''Were we off on our execution a little bit?'' There's no question,'' Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said.
Bobrovsky had 14 saves in the first period, including an in-close chance by Brenden Morrow.
''He's just being himself,'' Skille said. ''He's being Bob. He's probably one of the hardest working goalies I've ever seen. When you see a competitive goalie like that, they're only going to get better as the season goes on.''
Bobrovsky also stopped excellent scoring chances by Brian Boyle, Palat and Steven Stamkos during the second.
''I've seen Bob play pretty well, and he's playing pretty well right now,'' Columbus coach Todd Richards said.
Jenner opened the scoring 2:37 into the game from the top of the left circle and has a goal in three straight games.
Savard made it 2-0 on his first goal in nine games during a power play with 7:12 left in the first.
''We didn't have a response,'' Stamkos said.
Ben Bishop kept the Lightning within two late in the first when he stopped Brian Gibbons' breakaway shot.
The Blue Jackets took a 3-0 lead at 4:51 of the third when Skille scored 9 seconds after serving a minor penalty.
''It was just one of those nights,'' said Bishop, who stopped 17 shots and dropped to 16-4-2 on the season.
Columbus entered being outscored 36-15 in the third period this season.
''I believe sometimes the opposition does motivate or helps you get a sharper focus for what you need to do, because if you go out and don't execute and make mistakes and you're sloppy, they have the talent and the skill over on the other side that will make you look bad,'' Richards said.
NOTES: Tampa Bay won the other game between the teams this season, 7-4 on Nov. 8. ... This was just the third time this season that Tampa Bay has trailed after the first period. ... Blue Jackets LW Matt Calvert got his first assist in 13 games by setting up Jenner's goal. ... Lightning C Tyler Johnson had his five-game point streak end.