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Lightning absorbs another lopsided defeat against Columbus

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The Tampa Bay Lightning’s slump continued in Columbus Tuesday night.

From the looks of it, it may be difficult to get out of.

The Lightning lost its third game, and its fourth in its last five games, with a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of the Blue Jackets. The Bolts have now been outscored 14-5 in their last three games. In their last two, they been outscored 9-2, and the two goals came at the end of the game when the contest was decided.

Columbus scored the first five goals against Andrei Vasilevskiy.

The Jackets took a 1-0 lead in the first period when William Karlsson scored. Alexander Wennberg and Josh Anderson added goals in the second period, and Scott Hartnell and Sam Gagne made it 5-0.

Valtteri Filppula scored for the Lightning.

“I’d love to play against us right now,” said Brian Boyle. “It’s easy.”

Tampa Bay now travels to St. Louis Thursday before coming home to face Washington.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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