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Blue Jackets fall to Lightning 3-1; winless in last 8 games

Seth Jones scored for the Blue Jackets.
Credit: AP
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Curtis McElhinney (35) makes a save against Columbus Blue Jackets' Eric Robinson during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Ondrej Palat scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period and Curtis McElhinney stopped 24 shots, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

Blake Coleman had two goals, including an empty netter with 25 seconds left for Tampa Bay. 

Seth Jones scored for the Blue Jackets.

Elvis Merzlikins stopped 25 shots for Columbus, which is winless in its last eight games (0-7-1).