This time, there was power to power play.
This time, the goal was plenty wide enough.
This time, the Lightning took advantage of its opportunities.
It’s amazing the difference one game can make. In its previous loss to Vancouver, the Tampa Bay Lightning was one-for-10 on its power play. Against Columbus, however, Tampa Bay scored on three of eight chances in a 5-2 win.
Captain Steven Stamkos scored two power-play goals in a 32-second span in the second period to lead the win. Also scoring for Tampa Bay were Mike Blundin, Nikita Nesterov and Jason Garrison.
Goaltender Ben Bishop made 30 saves for the Lightning.
Tampa Bay has a difficult week ahead. It plays Monday against Montreal, Wednesday against New York, and Saturday against Minnesota.