Kucherov’s OT goal lifts Lightning over Blue Jackets 2-1

Blue Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand, center, of Denmark, controls the puck between Tampa Bay Lightning defensemen Braydon Coburn, left, and Erik Cernak, of Slovakia, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. Bjorkstrand scored on the play. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Nikita Kucherov scored his second goal of the game 31 seconds into overtime and the Tampa Bay Lightning won their seventh straight, beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1.

Columbus’ Zach Weresnki turned the puck over behind his own net and Victor Hedman fed it out to Kucherov, who beat Elvis Merzlikins.

The Lightning won the first meeting of the teams since the Blue Jackets swept Tampa Bay in the first round of the playoffs last year, giving Columbus its first-ever postseason series victory.

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