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Vezina Trophy finalist Andrei Vasilevskiy also was outstanding for Tampa Bay, making 61 stops. The teams combined for 151 shots — most in a NHL game since the league began officially tracking the statistic in 1955-56. Point scored from just above the left circle, beating Joonas Korpisalo after the goaltender made an NHL-record 85 saves. Point also scored way back in the first period of Game 1 of the best-of-seven series. Brayden Point scored 10:27 into the fifth overtime, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-2 on Tuesday in Toronto in the fourth-longest game in Stanley Cup playoff history.

"I don't know how many guys played a game like that, that long. The teams are meeting in the first round for the second straight year, with the Lightning looking to rebound from being swept 16 months ago by the underdog Blue Jackets, who became the first No. 8 seed to oust the winner of the Presidents' Trophy in four games. Pierre-Luc Dubois scored on the power play and Oliver Bjorkstrand added a goal late in the second period to give Columbus — the No. 7 seed in the East — a pair of short-lived leads in regulation. Yanni Gourde had the other goal for the second-seeded Lightning. While there's no denying last season's early exit from the playoffs has been a source of motivation for much of the past 16 months, coach Jon Cooper and the Lightning insist this series is about a lot more than redemption.

After all, both teams have decidedly different looks, with Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky, and Matt Duchene no longer with Columbus, and Pat Maroon, Kevin Shattenkirk, and Blake Coleman bolstering Tampa Bay's talent-laden roster. The Lightning played Game 1 without injured captain Steven Stamkos. But Norris Trophy finalist Victor Hedman, who appeared to twist an ankle during last Saturday's round-robin finale against Philadelphia, skated and had an assist on Tampa Bay's first goal. With goaltender Elvis Merzlikins ruled out for the opener, Korpisalo started for Columbus and kept his team close by stopping 26 of 27 shots in the first two periods. The Lightning pulled even at 2 on Gourde's goal just 23 seconds into the third, but weren't able to finish it off in regulation despite outshooting the Blue Jackets, 41-26, to that point.

"You just try to go save by save, not thinking too much," Korpisalo said. The teams created numerous scoring opportunities in overtime, however Korpisalo and Vasilevskiy remained on top of their games. Flames 3, Stars 2 — In Edmonton, Alberta, Rasmus Andersson scored the tiebreaking goal on a wrist shot after Dillon Dube scored twice in the first period for Calgary, which beat Dallas in Game 1 of their best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series. Andersson scored on a rush with four minutes left in the second period, with the defenseman taking a strong shot and the puck skirting over the top of defenseman Andrej Sekera's stick blade on its way to the net. Cam Talbot stopped 24 shots for the Flames, including a power-play attempt by Joe Pavelski with 10 seconds left in the game. Dallas already had an extra skater on the ice after sending goalie Anton Khudobin to the bench, and then had a six-on-four advantage because of a mistake by captain Mark Giordano. The 36-year-old defenseman, who has spent all 14 of his NHL seasons with the Flames, got a delay of game penalty after knocking the puck out of play when trying to clear it with 49 seconds left. But Dallas got only one shot on goal in that final stretch, the attempt by Pavelski, whose goal with 31 seconds left pushed the Stars into overtime Sunday when they won their last game in the round robin among the conference's top four seeds. Khudobin, who in 10 NHL seasons had never started a postseason game before last week's round-robin play, had 23 saves. The Stars, the third seed, tied the game by scoring twice on long shots in a nine-second span of the second period. It was the quickest they had ever scored two goals in a playoff game, the previous mark being two goals in 12 seconds during Game 1 of the 2000 Stanley Cup Final. Denis Gurianov, a rookie who led Dallas with 20 goals during the regular season, scored on a shot that deflected off the hip of a defenseman and past Talbot with 9:08 left in the second. Stars captain Jamie Benn then sent another puck toward the net from the blue line, with Alexander Radulov between him and the net, for the tying score. Calgary got its first goal on that power play, on Dube's one-timer from the right circle off Milan Lucic's pass across the ice past two Stars. Dube had another shot up close into the chest of Khudobin, but did score again late in the period on a charge toward the net. Dube made a rush with the puck, getting around one defenseman and then splitting between another one just in front of Khudobin before the shot that gave the Flames a 2-0 lead. Following the Lightning's 3-2 win against the Blue Jackets in a fifth overtime, neither Columbus nor Tampa Bay players paid too much mind to being tired after Game 1. We can't really expect the Blue Jackets or Lightning to say "Oh yeah, we're spent" after Game 1, right? It's one thing to say that Joonas Korpisalo can just plugging along after making a historic 85 saves in a loss. Seth Jones and Victor Hedman said all the right nights after Game 1 after long nights. Let's consider some of the fatigue factors for the rest of this Blue Jackets – Lightning series after that 5 OT Game 1. PHT Coverage of Lightning Blue Jackets 5 OT Game 1 (TB won 3-2) How that 5 OT Game 1 made history, from Joonas Korpisalo to Seth Jones. How Blue Jackets, Lightning may play after 5 OT Game 1 With ample help from NHL players Keith Jones and Patrick Sharp, let's consider some factors while wondering how the Blue Jackets and Lightning may play following that 5 OT Game 1. The Blue Jackets, in particular, have played a lot of hockey — on top of absorbing that loss. Consider that the Blue Jackets faced the only full five-game series of the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers. Let's look at their last few games. On Thursday (Aug. 9), the Blue Jackets beat the Maple Leafs 4-3 in OT in Game 3 after a staggering, undoubtedly exhausting comeback. The next day (Friday, Aug. 7), the Maple Leafs stormed back from a 3-0 deficit to force another overtime, this time winning Game 4 by a score of 4-3 (OT). While the Maple Leafs couldn't score in Game 5, the Blue Jackets still needed to work hard to win Game 5 3-0 on Sunday (Aug. 9). Then, on Tuesday (Aug. 11), the Blue Jackets endured more than six hours of playoff hockey against the Lightning, only to lose. Jones mentioned that after his Flyers won a comparable OT marathon against the Penguins, Philly took the rest of a series that became tied 2-2 quite easily. We'll see if Columbus can bounce back in the same way. While the Lightning eased into this series, the Blue Jackets were logging big minutes. Yes, Seth Jones ranks as the most extreme example, with his contemporary record 65:06 TOI from that 5 OT Game 1 between the Lightning and Blue Jackets. Jones exceeded 30 minutes twice in that Maple Leafs series (33:11 in Game 4; 32:40 in Game 3) and played no less than 26:29. Considering the Blue Jackets' exacting style, those can be laborious minutes, too. Jones seemed more optimistic about the Blue Jackets bouncing back than Sharp, though both give Columbus a chance. Sharp noted that the pace slowed after a lengthy 2014 OT game between his Blackhawks and the Blues, and Sharp believes that benefited his skilled Blackhawks. But it's intriguing when you consider the sheer amount of effort Columbus exerts in blocking shots and forechecking ferociously. How will the Blue Jackets and Lightning perform after that draining 5 OT Game 1? We'll find out as soon as Thursday (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN), and also as this series goes along. No. 2 Tampa Bay Lightning vs. No. 7 Columbus Blue Jackets (TB leads 1-0) Tuesday, Aug. 11: Lightning 3, Blue Jackets 2 (5 OT) Thursday, Aug. 13: Columbus at Tampa Bay, 3 p.m. ET – NBCSN Saturday, Aug. 15: Tampa Bay at Columbus, 7:30 p.m. ET – NBCSN Monday, Aug. 17: Tampa Bay at Columbus, 3 p.m. ET – NBCSN *Wednesday, Aug. 19: Columbus at Tampa Bay – TBD *Friday, Aug. 21: Tampa Bay at Columbus – TBD *Saturday, Aug. 22: Columbus at Tampa Bay – TBD • Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round schedule The Lightning beat the Blue Jackets 3–2 in five overtimes Tuesday, giving the Lightning a 1–0 advantage to open the first round series. Tampa Bay center Brayden Point scored the game-winning goal more than halfway into the fifth and final frame. The game marked the fourth-longest in NHL playoff history. Pierre-Luc Dubois opened the scoring for the Blue Jackets just over two minutes into the first period. Point, however, evened the score less than four minutes later to get the Lightning on the board. Columbus took a 2–1 lead after two periods, but Tampa Bay scored just 23 seconds into the third period to level the score. That goal occurred at 5:05 p.m. ET, more than four hours before the game-winning goal. Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo set a new NHL record for most saves in a playoff game with 85. Blue Jackets defenseman also Seth Jones set an NHL record for most minutes played in one game, finishing with 65:06. Columbus and Tampa Bay started the contest at 3 p.m. ET. The Blue Jackets and Lightning are set to play Game 2 on Thursday.