The Lightning ended its home schedule Friday night with a little bit of history and an eye on the medical report.
In starting rookie Kristers Gudlevskis in net, it is believed the Syracuse callup became the first goalie to play in the ECHL, AHL, Olympics and NHL in the same season.
Gudlevskis, 21, was up to the task with 36 saves as Tampa Bay wrapped up its home schedule with a 3-2 victory over the Blue Jackets at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Eric Brewer scored twice in a three-goal second period. Ondrej Palat scored on the power play, and the Lightning took a huge step in securing home-ice advantage in its first-round playoff series against the Canadiens.
With 99 points, the Lightning (45-27-9) is second in the Atlantic Division, one point ahead of Montreal. Both teams have one game remaining. The Canadiens hold the tiebreaker, so Tampa Bay must finish ahead on points.
Concerning for the Lightning was the loss in the first period of defenseman Victor Hedman because of a lower-body injury. Palat left the game early in the third after a hit from Jack Johnson,
Tampa Bay, which tied a team mark with 25 home victories (25-10-6), also played without goals leader Valtteri Filppula (lower body) and Teddy Purcell (flu).
Columbus did not go willingly, with a 38-22 shot advantage. But Gudlevskis, called up in the wake of Ben Bishop's elbow injury, was solid in his NHL debut.
It wasn't quite the 55-save masterpiece he fashioned for Latvia in the February's Olympics against Canada, but it certainly did the job.
Brewer, who has four goals this season and three in his past two games, including two winners, scored his second of the game to make it 3-1 with 1:54 left in the second when his wrist shot hit Curtis McElhinney in the shoulder and bounced over him into the net.