Tampa Bay Sports Day

Lightning Beat The Blue Jackets, 3-1

Post-Game Notes

-The Lightning won their franchise-best 10th straight home game this evening with a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Bolts will begin a two-game road trip on Tuesday night in St. Louis.

– Cedric Paquette netted a third period goal, his fifth goal over his past three games. Paquette is currently on a three-game goal streak and a four-game point steak.

– Brett Connolly scored his ninth goal of the season late in the first period to give the Lightning a 1-0 advantage.

– Valtteri Filppula netted his sixth goal of the season midway through the third frame.

– Jonathan Drouin extended his point/assist streak to three games with an assist on Paquette’s 10th goal of the season.

– Jason Garrison collected an assist on Connolly’s first period goal and now has helpers in back-to-back games.

– Ben Bishop made 34 saves, including 28 in the final two periods for his 26th win of the season.

Tampa Bay Quotes

Ben Bishop on tonight’s game

“It was another good game. Every win’s been a little bit different, tonight was a little bit different. It took the guys a little bit longer to get going, but when they did, they got a couple in the net.”

Ryan Callahan’s assessment on playing Columbus

“They’re a hard team. They played hard. They finished all their checks. They’re big. They got speed, so it’s a tough team to play down low and battle with…that’s what they showed us tonight. It’s 1-0 going into the third period, it’s a close game, so that’s what we expected. We were ready for it and we prepared for it.”

Coach Cooper on the Blue Jackets

“It’s hard to get through the neutral zone, they fore-check you hard, they hit, they got big defensemen when you’re down there. They kind of smother you in the offensive zone. They’re a tough team to play against. As we talked to our guys today, we thought it was pivotal that we had to get the lead and we did that.”

Columbus Quotes

Ryan Murray on the swing in momentum following Tampa’s third goal

“We had our chances and when Tropper [Corey Tropp] goes down and almost scores one, and they come right back and put one in. The game can change that quickly. I thought that we had a good effort, just a few shifts in the third there, we got hemmed in our own end and it cost us.”

Jordan Leopold on playing as a forward tonight

“I have had the opportunity and great fortune to play a lot of hockey games throughout my career. I think I understand what responsibilities are for every position. It’s an opportunity for me, that’s the way I look at it…the big thing for me playing forward was just to not make any mistakes…you live and you learn and it was an experience of course.”