The Columbus Blue Jackets scored four unanswered goals to shock the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1. The puck drop for Game 2 is scheduled for shortly after 7:00 PM ET tonight.
The Tampa Bay Lightning heavily rely on their three 40-goal scorers Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, and Brayden Point. The trio combined for 64:43 of ice time and zero points in Game 1. That ice time was all, well, a waste, as the CBJ completed an epic comeback to take a 1-0 series lead.
The Jackets had a more balanced attack of ice time with their forwards, as Artemi Panarin led the way with 18:14.
It was Josh Anderson who stole the show on Wednesday night, with a game-tying shorthanded goal and an assist on Foligno’s goal to put Columbus on the board. By the way, if you were wondering, Anderson had 14:50 of ice time.
Foligno, Savard, Anderson, and Jones all deserve credit for their goals to help get the victory, but none of that would matter if it weren’t for Sergei Bobrovsky saving the last 17 shots on goal.
Playoff Bob has had a negative connotation for years, but his performance on Wednesday turned heads and has the hockey community wondering if this is the beginning of a magical run or just a one-night show.
The Lightning will be even more heavily favored on Friday than they were on Wednesday. Translation. The Blue Jackets are still the big-time underdog according to the media and Vegas.
Cam Atkinson, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Matt Duchene and Oliver Bjorkstrand were all pointless in Game 1 for Columbus despite the win. Expect some production on the score sheet from at least a couple of these guys tonight.
Tampa Bay has the firepower to score early and often, but Columbus could silence the crowd and take over if they get off to a hot start.
Could this be the upset almost nobody (outside of Ohio) saw coming?