//Jackets’ Korpisalo sets playoff game save record, but Lightning win 5-overtime thriller

Jackets’ Korpisalo sets playoff game save record, but Lightning win 5-overtime thriller

Brayden Point scored 10:27 into the fifth overtime, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Tuesday in the fourth-longest game in Stanley Cup playoff history.

Point scored from just above the left circle, beating Joonas Korpisalo after the goaltender made an NHL playoff record 85 saves. It was his second goal in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series.

Vezina Trophy finalist Andrei Vasilevskiy also was outstanding for Tampa Bay, making 61 stops. The teams combined for 151 shots — most in a NHL game since the league began officially tracking the statistic in 1955-56.

“It’s tiring for sure but then it gets fun at some point,” Point said. “I don’t know how many guys played a game like that, that long. It was an exciting one.”

WATCH | Lightning’s Point scores game-winner in fifth overtime period:

Brayden Point scored 10:27 into quintuple overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 4th-longest NHL game in history. 1:53

The teams are meeting in the first round for the second straight year, with the Lightning looking to rebound from being swept 16 months ago by the underdog Blue Jackets, who became the first No. 8 seed to oust the winner of the Presidents’ Trophy in four games.

Pierre-Luc Dubois scored on the power play and Oliver Bjorkstrand added a goal late in the second period to give Columbus — the No. 7 seed in the East — a pair of short-lived leads in regulation.

Yanni Gourde had the other goal for the second-seeded Lightning.

Game 2 is Thursday.

While there’s no denying last season’s early exit from the playoffs has been a source of motivation for much of the past 16 months, coach Jon Cooper and the Lightning insist this series is about a lot more than redemption.

After all, both teams have decidedly different looks, with Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky and Matt Duchene no longer with Columbus, and Pat Maroon, Kevin Shattenkirk and Blake Coleman bolstering Tampa Bay’s talent-laden roster.

WATCH | Korpisalo sets new post-season record with 85 saves vs. Lightning:

Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo stopped 85 of 88 shots he faced on Tuesday to set a modern day NHL record, besting Kelly Hrudey’s total of 73 back in 1987. 1:15

The Lightning played Game 1 without injured captain Steven Stamkos. But Norris Trophy finalist Victor Hedman, who appeared to twist an ankle during last Saturday’s round-robin finale against Philadelphia, skated and had an assist on Tampa Bay’s first goal.

With goaltender Elvis Merzlikins ruled out for the opener, Korpisalo started for Columbus and kept his team close by stopping 26 of 27 shots in the first two periods. The Lightning pulled even at 2-all on Gourde’s goal just 23 seconds into the third, but weren’t able to finish it off in regulation despite outshooting the Blue Jackets 41-26 up to that point.

“You just try to go save by save, not thinking too much,” Korpisalo said. “I think I felt pretty good. The boys, they were battling hard in front of me.”

The teams created numerous scoring opportunities in overtime, but Korpisalo and Vasilevskiy remained on top of their games.

Bruins-Hurricanes rescheduled

Meanwhile, the opening game of the Boston Bruins-Carolina Hurricanes NHL playoff series that was to be played on the same sheet of ice was pushed back to Wednesday morning.

It was originally to start at 8 p.m. ET. It will now start on Wednesday at 11 a.m.

The second NHL game of the day, between the Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars in Edmonton, started at 5:30 p.m., and finished well before the conclusion of Tampa-Columbus, which began at 3 p.m.

All post-season games in the NHL are being played in Toronto and Edmonton in front of no fans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the first round, the league had put at least 4½ hours between the start of games in each city to try to avoid postponements.

However, there will be only four hours between the start of Boston-Carolina and a New York Islanders-Washington Capitals game (3 p.m.) on Wednesday in Toronto.

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