National Hockey League
Columbus 5, Tampa Bay 2
When: 2:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 23, 2021
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Referees: Dean Morton, Kyle Rehman
Linesmen: Tyson Baker, Devin Berg
Attendance: N/A

Eric Robinson scored one goal and set up another, and Elvis Merzlikins made 30 saves to help the host Columbus Blue Jackets post a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday afternoon.

Captain Nick Foligno, Mikhail Grigorenko and defensemen Vladislav Gavrikov and Zach Werenski also scored for Columbus, which earned points for the fourth straight game (2-0-2).

Fourteen players produced at least one point for the Blue Jackets, who improved to 10-3-3 in their last 16 matinee games dating back to November 2016.

Prior to the afternoon start, Columbus announced a blockbuster trade involving disgruntled star Pierre-Luc Dubois, who was benched for the last two periods plus overtime Thursday in the team's 3-2 overtime loss against Tampa Bay.

Dubois was sent to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for right winger Patrik Laine and Columbus native Jack Roslovic on Saturday. The Jets also will receive a 2022 third-round draft pick.

Laine was the second overall selection of the 2016 NHL Draft, while Dubois was taken with the following pick.

Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman notched a goal and an assist, Ondrej Palat also scored and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves.

The teams traded markers just 17 seconds apart in a wild, five-goal first period.

Trailing through the slot, Hedman had his first shot attempt broken up, but the defenseman flipped the puck through his legs for a goal at 4:10. But Foligno scored on a rebound -- his second in as many games and third overall -- at 4:27.

After a drop-pass by Grigorenko, Vasilevskiy appeared to stop Kevin Stenlund's blast from the right circle. The puck trickled behind him, however, and Grigorenko swooped in for his first goal with Columbus at 10:03.

Gavrikov wristed in his first for a 3-1 lead with 59 seconds left in the period, but Palat tallied on a tap-in from the far post at 19:46 on the game's first power play.

Werenski gave Columbus a 4-2 cushion at 6:34 of the third, and Robinson added an empty-netter to beat Tampa Bay -- which lost defenseman Erik Cernak and forward Mitchell Stephens to injuries - for the first time in nine regular-season games.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Tampa Bay   Columbus
Victor Hedman 2 Points Eric Robinson 2
Victor Hedman 1 Goals Eric Robinson 1
Victor Hedman 1 Assists Eric Robinson 1
Ondrej Palat 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Andrei Vasilevskiy .852 Save Percentage Elvis Merzlikins .938
Andrei Vasilevskiy 23 Saves Elvis Merzlikins 30
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Tampa Bay 32 2 1-3 2-2 4 30
Columbus 28 5 0-2 2-3 6 29
Upcoming Games
  • Columbus will play their next game at home against Florida. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game on the road against Carolina. The Lightning have a W/L % of .667 after a win and .000 after a loss.