Curtis McElhinney made 24 saves for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 3-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Amalie Arena on Thursday. Blake Coleman scored twice for the Lightning (31-14-2), who also are 3-2-0 on a six-game homestand. Tampa Bay is one point behind the Florida Panthers for second place and three points behind the Carolina Hurricanes for first place in the eight-team Discover Central Division.
Seth Jones scored for the Blue Jackets (15-25-9), who were eliminated from playoff contention with an eighth homemade jersey patches straight loss. Elvis Merzlikins made 25 saves. Jones gave the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 9:36 of the first period, a shot from the point with Jack Roslovic setting a screen. Coleman tied it 1-1 in 14:51 of the second period with a go from the right face-off circle that Merzlikins got a piece of before it went in the net.
Merzlikins said he felt like Lightning forward Alex Killorn should have been called for interference after his stick appeared to hit the goalie in the face. Merzlikins said he did not get an explanation from the officials. Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella was also upset about the goal and abruptly left his postgame press availability. Palat made it 2-1 at 8:14 of the third period with where to buy iron on stickers a shot off an Chicago Blackhawks iron on letter number help from Killorn. Coleman scored an empty-net goal at 19:35 for the 3-1 final. The teams complete a two-game set here Sunday.