Lightning On Point, Win In 5 OTs
One of the most epic games in the history of the NHL Playoffs took place on Tuesday night, as the Tampa Bay Lightning found a way, finally, to get past the Columbus Blue Jackets in five overtimes. It was a marathon that ended up being the fourth-longest game in NHL history, spanning over six hours from start to finish. Second-seeded Tampa fell behind early to Pierre-Luc Dubois’ goal only to see Brayden Point level matters later in the first period.
Oliver Bjorkstrand then put the underdog Blue Jackets back in front in the second period, and the lead would hold until the third when Yanni Gourde tied it up. That then led to four overtimes that saw no one find the net. It was in the fifth when Point again found the back of the net with a blast, giving his team a 1-0 lead in the series in a game that will not be forgotten soon.