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Game #3 QuickCap: Blue Jackets put Lightning on the brink; Lead series 3-0

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The Blue Jackets score three, Sergei Bobrovsky stands tall, and the Jackets push the Lightning to the brink of elimination.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Tampa Bay Lightning met for Game 3 at Nationwide Arena, both teams in perhaps different scenarios than most expected. While the Lightning needed a win to get back into the best-of-seven series, the Blue Jackets had the opportunity to grab their first 3-0 lead in franchise history.

First Period

No scoring. Columbus, who entered Game 3 3-for-6 on the power play, was unable to convert on the lone opportunity between the teams. After nearly every whistle, there was a scrum as things continued to escalate and tempers flare. Columbus outshot the Lightning 12-3 and each team had 16 hits.

Second Period

Matt Duchene scored his second career playoff goal in the second period off the rebound chance, giving the Blue Jackets the 1-0 lead.

If one is good, two is great. Oliver Bjorkstrand extended the lead, scoring the Jackets’ fourth power play goal of the series, uncorking one right past Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Tampa Bay tried sneaking one past Sergei Bobrovsky and had chances towards the end of the period but the scored remained 2-0 after two.

Third Period

A desperate Lightning team started the third with the energy you expect from a team staring at an 0-3 hole, and Ondrej Palat broke the scoring drought for the Bolts.

Cam Atkinson sealed the game with 59.9 left on the empty net goal to give the Jackets the 3-1 lead and 3-0 series lead.

Game 4 Tuesday night from Columbus!