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Lightning beat Blue Jackets 2-1

Posted: 10:32 PM, Dec 14, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-15 03:32:20Z

Brian Boyle scored shorthanded and Ben Bishop made 25 saves to help the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Monday.

Bishop got help preserving a one-goal lead with 2:17 left during a scramble when he was on his back and the puck went three-fourths of the way across the goal line, but Lightning forward Vladislav Namestnikov pushed the puck under Bishop for a faceoff. 

Jonathan Marchessault scored for the Lightning (15-13-3).

Brandon Dubinsky scored for Columbus and Joonas Korpisalo made 27 saves in his NHL debut. The Blue Jackets (11-18-3) have lost four in a row and are 1-4-3 in the past eight.

Tampa Bay dressed 11 forwards and seven defensemen, but lost rookie forward Jole Vermin to an upper-body injury five minutes into the game. Vermin was recalled by Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Monday.

Boyle scored at 6:13 of the third, converting a pass from Alex Killorn during a 2-on-1. Boyle has eight goals this season.

Columbus forward Alexander Wennberg, whose miscue led to Tampa Bay's first goal, was victimized again when he lost the puck at the point to start an odd-man rush the other way.

Marchessault, a former Blue Jackets forward, scored off a turnover by Wennberg at 11:11 of the second period to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead. Wennberg felt pressure in the right corner and blindly threw the puck to the high slot, where an open Marchessault scored on a one-timer for his third goal.

Dubinsky made it 1-1 at 16:44 of the second after a pass by Matt Calvert from below the goal line. Dubinsky skated left to right across the crease and found an opening on Bishop with a backhand shot for his fifth goal and first in 11 games.