The Tampa Bay Lightning aren't exactly off to a good start in their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus will try to win a playoff series for the first time in franchise history in Game 4 at home Tuesday night. But he received further supplemental discipline Saturday, when the league's Department of Player Safety announced that they were giving the forward a one-game ban.
Late in the third period with Tampa trailing, Kucherov trips Nutivaara behind the Columbus net. They pummeled the Lightning 5-1 in Game 2, and solidly outplayed them for all but a few minutes on Sunday.
The Blue Jackets are 22-17-2 at home.
While this surge ahead is clearly good news for Columbus, just a year ago the Blue Jackets were up 2-0 in the first round against the Washington Capitals on the road before losing the next four games and the series.
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Columbus also got goals from Cam Atkinson, Zach Werenski, Riley Nash and Artemi Panarin. Teams have come back from 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series on just four previous occasions.
Kucherov has zero points through the first two games of the series.
The game was already out of hand Friday, another deflating Lightning loss, when defenseman Victor Hedman approached the Columbus bench to have the final word. The energy carried over into the second, with Matt Duchene scoring 1:44 into the frame and Oliver Bjorkstrand adding one on the power play midway through, capitalizing on an interference call on Ryan Callahan.