Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lightning Rookie Scores Twice in Win over Columbus

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lightning Rookie Scores Twice in Win over Columbus

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Mikhail Sergachev scored his first two NHL goals and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 43 saves for his fifth career shutout in the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night in Columbus.

Nikita Kucherov assisted on both goals to push his NHL-leading points total to 14. His goals streak was stopped at seven games.

The Lightning took advantage of the few openings offered by Sergei Bobrovsky, who stopped 19 shots for the Blue Jackets and lost for the first time this season. Columbus had won four straight.

The Lightning, coming off an overtime loss to New Jersey on Tuesday, improved to 6-1-1 for their best start since opening 7-0-1 in their Stanley Cup-winning 2003-04 season. Columbus dropped to 5-2-0, hurt by uncharacteristic sloppy passing and continued power-play problems in its first shutout loss of the season. …

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