Blue Jackets drub Lightning again

COLUMBUS Ohio -- Josh Anderson led the Blue Jackets with a goal and two assists as Columbus beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena.

The Blue Jackets (12-5-4) finished with a 9-2-3 record in November despite winning just twice in the past five games, both times against Tampa Bay. They beat the Lightning 5-3 Friday night.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 25 shots for his 12th win of the season. Scott Hartnell added a goal and an assist for Columbus which also got goals from William Karlsson Alexander Wennberg and Sam Gagner while building a 5-0 lead.

The Lightning (13-10-1) lost a third consecutive game only breaking Bobrovsky's shutout bid on Valtteri Filppula's goal at 17:10 of the third period.

After creating a turnover in the neutral zone early in the first period the Blue Jackets came across the Lightning blue line three-on-one. Josh Anderson passed from the center to Karlsson on the wing. Karlsson then wristed a shot past Andrei Vasilevskiy tucking it into the back of the net at the far post at 5:30.

At 3:40 of the second period Seth Jones teed the puck up for Wennberg after a Lightning turnover and Wennberg one-timed it past Vasilevskiy to double-up the Blue Jackets' lead to 2-0.

An apparent Lightning goal was waved off at 5:32 of second period after Tampa Bay left winger Ondrej Palat and Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson got tangled up in crease knocking Bobrovsky off his feet.

Anderson pushed the score to 3-0 at 16:00 of the second period on a delayed Lightning penalty.

The line of Hartnell Anderson and Karlsson was the most effective for Columbus throughout the first two periods with Anderson hitting anything in a white jersey and creating chances.

Off a rush at 1:57 of the third period Anderson dished the puck to Hartnell who slapped it past Vasilevskiy to give Columbus a 4-0 lead.

Gagner banked the puck off Vasilevskiy from behind the net to increase the advantage to 5-0 at 12:38 of the third.

Vasilevskiy finished with 33 saves.

NOTES: Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella guided the Lightning to their only Stanley Cup championship in 2004. He was with the Lightning for seven seasons. ... Lightning RW J.T. Brown returned after missing the previous three games with an upper-body injury he said he sustained during the Nashville game Nov. 21. ... Lightning assistant coach Todd Richards' son Zac 20 is an Ohio State student. ... RW J.T. Brown returned to the Lightning lineup. ... The Blue Jackets scratched LW Matt Calvert (upper-body injury) D Dalton Prout (upper-body injury) and D Scott Harrington. ... Lightning scratches included RW Ryan Callahan (lower-body injury) and D Anton Stralman (upper-body injury).


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