NHL: Blue Jackets Thump Lightning

Columbus Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins, top, of Latvia, celebrates their win over the Tampa Bay Lightning with teammate Nick Foligno after an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets beat the Lightning 5-2. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hours after trading disgruntled center Pierre-Luc Dubois, the Columbus Blue Jackets got three first-period goals and beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 Saturday.

Nick Foligno, Mikhail Grigorenko, Vladislav Gavrikov, Zach Werenski and Eric Robinson scored, and Elvis Merzlikins had 30 saves as the Blue Jackets played their most explosive game of the season. Fifteen different Columbus players recorded points.

The Blue Jackets’ second victory in six games came shortly after Dubois, one of the team’s leading scorers, was sent to Winnipeg in exchange for Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic in a deal announced early Saturday.


VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Corey Perry scored in his first game with Montreal in a win over Vancouver that concluded a stellar season-opening trip. Montreal improved to 4-0-2, joining the 1968-69 Canadiens as the only teams in NHL history to open a season with six road games and get at least a point in each of them.


BOSTON (AP) — Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron had two goals apiece and Boston, which hadn’t led by two goals in any of its first four games this season, scored five times in a row to pull away and beat Philadelphia. Charlie Coyle and Craig Smith each had a goal and an assist in the second period to break open a 1-1 tie. Marchand scored twice in the third, and Bergeron finished it off with his second goal of the night.


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