Bolts end losing streak by beating Jackets

by Gary Shelton on February 11, 2024

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Hagel had three points in the win./TIM WIRT

Sunday, 4 a.m.

Soon, they will get around to scoreboard watching.

For now, the Tampa Bay Lightning seems to be paying attention to clock watching.

The Bolts beat the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday night, 4-2, to stop a two-game losing streak. In winning, the Lightning got a goal from Anthony Cirelli 49 seconds into the second period and another by Steven Stamkos 23 seconds into the third period.

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Still, the game wasn’t over until Brandon Hagel scored on an empty-netter with 38 seconds to play.

The Bolts built a 3-0 lead through two and a half periods, but the Jackets got back into the game with a pair of goals from Boone Jenner in the third period.

'It’s hard to win in this league,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “When you can walk into an NHL building and walk away with two points, you take those and move on to the next game. You can pick apart any game you want, but the bottom line is we needed two points. We got them. Let’s move on.”

Tampa Bay is now 29-20-5 on the season. It was just the 11th win on the road for the Lightning this season.

Nick Paul scored the Lightning’s first goal. Hagel had three points (two assists) in the game.

Stamkos’ goal was his 207th power play of his career. That puts him fifth on the all-time list of power play goals with one team, behind Alex Ovechkin, Mario Lemieux, Luc Robitaille and Gordie Howie.

The Bolts had 37 shots, the same as they had combined in losses against the Rangers and Islanders.

Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy won his 17th game of the year. He is 8-2 in his last 10 games.

The Bolts play in Boston on Tuesdays night at 7 p.m.

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