In what seemed to be a complete wrap after the Lightning scored three straight goals, the Blue Jackets managed to pull off, arguably, the comeback of the year.
The Lightning started off by scoring all three of their goals in the first period but failed to pile on any more.
Their first came from a breakaway goal by Alex Killorn four minutes into the game, marking the first of the playoffs. The second came from Anthony Cirelli off a rebound shot by teammate Erik Cernak 11 minutes into the first period. And their last came from Yanni Gourde with less than three minutes left in the period.
From here on, Lightning fans thought this one was in the bag.
Spoiler alert: It wasn’t.
In ironic fashion, the Blue Jackets first goal to kick off the 4-3 comeback was a breakaway goal from Nick Foligno. And as you can hear in the first video, that’s how the crowd sounded the rest of the night.
Then David Savard cut the lead to 3-2 about eight minutes into the third with an unassisted goal. The Lightning eventually went on the power play but it didn’t stop the comeback. Josh Anderson scored a B-E-A-utiful short-handed goal to tie the game up with 8:06 left in the third.
At this point, it started to finally hit Lightning fans that they may actually lose this game. All of those 128 points in the regular season don’t mean a thing in moments like these. Both teams are 0-0 when that puck drops. And to seal the deal, Seth Jones rips one in the top-left corner to complete the 4-3 comeback.
After letting up three goals in the first, Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was an absolute brick wall.
“We don’t have a chance if he doesn’t play the way he played through the second and the third,” Blue Jackets Head Coach John Tortorella said.
Both teams didn’t necessarily outplay the other on the stat sheet. In fact, it was pretty evenly matched. This game simply came down to the Blue Jackets wanting it more. But don’t hit the worry button just yet, Lightning fans. The Blue Jackets won two straight in last year’s first round then lost four straight to the Washington Capitals. That being said, great win by the Blue Jackets.