Columbus is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall and 5-1 in their last 6 home games while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games as a home underdog. They'll be in Columbus on Sunday to play Game 3. Kucherov was the one to initially trip Nutivaara to the ice, and while Nutivaara attempted to regain his footing, he remained in a defenseless position until Kucherov drove him into the boards. Kadri was suspended three games.
The memory of last season's outcome should act as a chip on the shoulders of the Blue Jackets as they aim to win their first playoff series in franchise history. Columbus fans were happy to see their team on the brink of finally winning a playoff series.
After a scoreless first period, the Blue Jackets struck 1:44 into the second when Duchene was in the right place to score off a rebounded.
Chirping and trash talking are part of sports, and there's no doubt frustration set in for the Lightning, which stunningly fell into a 0-2 hole in this-best-of-seven series ("A five-alarm fire", as coach Jon Cooper put it). After several back-and-forth chances, Cam Atkinson sealed Columbus a 3-1 win with an empty-net goal.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are headed home with a big lead in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
NOTES: Kucherov was suspended for boarding Blue Jackets defenceman Markus Nutivaara in Game 2 on Friday.
Multiple fans tweeted that they were done with the Lightning after another disappointing playoff performance against the Blue Jackets.