Lightning-Blue Jackets: Rewinding Tampa Bay’s shutout win

The Lightning improved to 11-0-0 against the Metropolitan Division.
Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) picks up an assist with this play and the pass to Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) who beats Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) for the third goal of the game during third period action at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) picks up an assist with this play and the pass to Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) who beats Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) for the third goal of the game during third period action at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Published January 9
Updated January 9

TAMPA — The Lightning left the losing in San Jose.

Tampa Bay responded with a 4-0 victory over Columbus on Tuesday, after losing 5-2 to the Sharks on Saturday.

Here are some odds and ends from the game:

Another game, another Nikita Kucherov record. He was the first player to hit 70 points in 43 games since Jaromir Jagr did it in 38 games in the 1999-2000 season. He's the fastest player to do it in Lightning history. Martin St. Louis took 53 games in 2006-07. He is also the 10th player in NHL history to tally 50 assist within the first 43 games of the season. It's the first time since 1995-96. Kucherov is in good company. The four players to reach that mark in that season: Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Ron Francis.

Vasilevskiy moves into a tie for second-place on the Lightning's all-time shutout list. His 14 shutouts tied Nikolai Khabibulin. Ben Bishop holds the No. 1 spot with 17. To earn the shutout Tuesday, Vasilevskiy had to make 31 saves, 17 of which came in the second period.

Up and down like a toilet seat. That's how Columbus coach John Tortorella described his team before the game. Forget the normal rollercoaster metaphor. Tortorella is creating the cliches of the future. Tuesday was a down day for the Blue Jackets.

Domination continues. The Lightning improved to 11-0-0 against the Metropolitan Division. It is also the second win this season over the Blue Jackets, whom the Lightning has out-scored 12-2. It's also the Lightning's fifth consecutive victory over Columbus and the third shutout over that span.

More goals for the rookie. Mathieu Joseph scored the first goal of the game when he tapped in a Mikhail Sergachev pass to the front of the net in the first period. The goal bumped Joseph from third to second on the NHL rookie goal list with 11. He is tied for second with Carolina's Andrei Svechnikov.

It's not just millennials, folks. The Lightning debuted the Oblivious Cam on Tuesday, looking for fans who had no idea they were on camera, and it was a hit. The camera operator got a pair of middle-aged men on their phones with no clue for a good 15 seconds.

More coverage:

Lightning, Vasilevskiy bounce back with shutout

Coach Marty? John Tortorella likes the idea

Vasilevskiy to replace Carey Price in All-Star Game

Ryan Callahan misses game with injury; Coburn returns

Tortorella: A couple bad runs can be good for season

Advertisement