After being down 3-0 in the first period, the Blue Jackets started to turn things around.
The incident happened in the third period of Columbus's 5-1 win Friday night. Columbus took Game 1, winning 4-3. In 52 regular season games, the former New York Ranger tallied 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) for the Bolts.
Anthony Beauvillier also scored and Robin Lehner stopped 32 shots to help NY open a postseason series with two wins for the first time since sweeping Edmonton in the 1983 Stanley Cup Final for the Islanders' fourth straight championship.
The night was satisfying for Bobrovsky - he hasn't been great in the playoffs the last two seasons - and the Blue Jackets, who were 2-8 at Nationwide Arena in three previous post-season appearances.More news: NY measles outbreak spreads to more counties
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And even though the Blue Jackets ultimately collapsed last season after taking a 2-0 lead on the Washington Capitals. However, outside of the first period in the series, the Blue Jackets have outplayed the Lightning for the remaining five periods, and game two wasn't close from the get-go.
As Tampa Bay trailed 5-1 with under five minutes to go, Kucherov tripped Columbus defenseman Markus Nutivaara and then delivered a risky follow-up hit on Nutivaara, which was ruled to be boarding.
Multiple fans tweeted that they were done with the Lightning after another disappointing playoff performance against the Blue Jackets.
Columbus also got goals from Cam Atkinson, Zach Werenski, Riley Nash and Artemi Panarin. The energy carried over into the second, with Matt Duchene scoring 1:44 into the frame and Oliver Bjorkstrand adding one on the power play midway through, capitalizing on an interference call on Ryan Callahan.