Lightning outlast Blue Jackets 3-2 in 5 OT thriller

Lightning forward Brayden Point celebrates his game-winning goal in the fifth overtime period to lift Tampa Bay to a 3-2 win in Game 1 of their first round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets. (Courtesy: NHL/NBCSN)

The Lightning took Game 1 of their best-of-seven first round playoff series in an epic quintuple overtime that saw an NHL goaltending record broken.

Posted: Aug 12, 2020 12:59 AM

TORONTO (AP) - Brayden Point scored 10:27 into the fifth overtime, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 in the fourth-longest game in Stanley Cup playoff history.

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.

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.

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