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Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (28) is congratulated by teammates Gustav Nyquist (14) and Pierre-Luc Dubois (18) after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during first-period of NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup first round playoff hockey game action in Toronto, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Korpisalo, Blue Jackets win 3-1, tie series with Lightning

Aug. 13, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Two days after making an NHL-record 85 saves in a five-overtime loss, Joonas Korpisalo stopped 36 more shots to help the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 on Thursday to even the series at a game apiece. Ryan Murray and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored in the first period for...

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) reacts with teammates Brad Marchand (63) Torey Krug (47) and Brandon Carlo (25) after scoring the game-winning goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second overtime period of an NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff game in Toronto on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Bergeron scores in 2nd OT, Bruins beat Hurricanes in Game 1

Aug. 12, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — After being told to come back the next morning because another game lasted five overtimes, the Boston Bruins didn't want to repeat history so quickly. “We talked about trying to end this before the fifth overtime,” Patrice Bergeron said. Bergeron accomplished that by scoring...

The Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate after Brayden Point (21) scored against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the fifth overtime in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lightning, Blue Jackets face off again after 5-overtime game

Aug. 12, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets are facing one more challenge than the rest of the teams in the pandemic-altered NHL playoffs. Tampa Bay and Columbus will be back on the ice less than 48 hours after the Lightning outlasted the Blue Jackets with a five-overtime win in the fourth-longest game in...

The scoreboard is shown after the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in five overtimes in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Boucher witnesses NHL marathon 20 years after his 5 OT game

Aug. 12, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

Brian Boucher had a feeling by the second overtime that this game was going a while longer, and he knew from personal experience. Twenty years ago, Boucher was in goal for the Philadelphia Flyers when they beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the longest playoff game in modern NHL history, a five-overtime thriller. He...

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) clears the puck under pressure from Columbus Blue Jackets center Nathan Gerbe (24) during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lightning outlast Blue Jackets 3-2 in 5 OT thriller

Aug. 11, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — By the time he launched the last shot, Brayden Point was just trying to do anything he could to end the fourth-longest game in NHL history. “I just see a rolling puck and I just throw it on net,” Point said after scoring 10:27 into the fifth overtime to give the Tampa Bay...

Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) celebrates his game-winning goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the fifth overtime period of an NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup first-round playoff game in Toronto on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

After waiting hours for ice, Bruins, Hurricanes postponed

Aug. 11, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

As the Boston Bruins watched from their locker room at the Scotiabank Arena, waiting for the previous game to end so they could take the ice, the players began rooting for someone — anyone — to score. And to think: They said these Stanley Cup playoffs wouldn’t have fans. “Players were...

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn, bottom, and center Tyler Johnson (9) work for the puck against Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier (14) and defenseman Philippe Myers (5) during the second period of an NHL hockey playoff game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lightning face Blue Jackets in 1st-round NHL playoff rematch

Aug. 10, 2020 8:37 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — As if forward Alex Killorn and the Tampa Bay Lightning needed yet another reminder of last year’s monumental playoff collapse in preparing to open the first round Tuesday. The ever-stingy, John Tortorella-coached Columbus Blue Jackets are standing in their way once again in the...

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo (70) and teammates celebrate after defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs in an NHL hockey playoff game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Toronto. The Maple Leafs were eliminated from the playoffs. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Familiarity breeds respect among NHL East playoff teams

Aug. 10, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper took exception to the Columbus Blue Jackets being referred to as “a blue-collar” team. “Is that a positive or a negative?” Cooper said Monday, a day before his Eastern Conference second-seeded Lightning open the first round of the NHL...

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo (70) and teammates celebrate after defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs in an NHL hockey playoff game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Toronto. The Maple Leafs were eliminated from the playoffs. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Tenacious Blue Jackets shift momentum to advance in playoffs

Aug. 10, 2020 2:34 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets' successful playoff series against Toronto was a microcosm of their tumultuous, up-and-down season. Plagued by injuries to key players in the regular season — including both goaltenders at different times — Columbus pieced together lines with rookies...

Columbus Blue Jackets center Boone Jenner (38) celebrates a Blue Jackets goal against Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) during the first period of an NHL hockey playoff game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Blue Jackets advance with 3-0 Game 5 win over Maple Leafs

Aug. 9, 2020 11:47 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Goalie Joonas Kirpisalo and the Columbus Blue Jackets proved how they learned their lesson about holding three-goal leads. They're advancing to the first round of the NHL playoffs because they weren't going to squander one for a second time in three days. Korpisalo stopped 33 shots, Zach...