Two days after making an NHL-record 85 saves in a five-overtime loss, Joonas Korpisalo stopped 36 more shots to help the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 on Thursday in Toronto to even the series at a game apiece.
Ryan Murray and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored in the first period for Columbus, both goals set up by Pierre-Luc Dubois. Alexander Wennberg added another in the third.
"We've all seen him play this past season," Dubois said of Korpisalo. "He's an All-Star, then he gets injured and then he comes back. Another break [for the coronavirus], but we all know what he's capable of. We all know in the dressing room that he's one of the best goalies in the NHL, and he's feeling really good right now."
Nikita Kucherov scored for the Lightning, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 19 saves. The Tampa Bay goalie had 61 stops Tuesday in a 4-3 victory in the fourth-longest game in league history.
Both teams looked sluggish at the start Thursday, especially Columbus, which took more than half the first period to get any offensive push going.
Kucherov grabbed a carom off the back boards and banked in a shot off Korpisalo's back to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead 5:24 into the game. Columbus tied it when Dubois fed Murray with a perfect pass from behind the goal line with 7:08 left in the first.
The Blue Jackets took the lead on Bjorkstrand's one-timer from the right circle on a late first-period power play. Columbus' goals came on just six shots in the period.
"We lost our mojo a little bit when we gave up the lead," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.
Early in the third period, Columbus defenseman Seth Jones — who had 65:06 of ice time Tuesday, the most since the league started tracking the statistic — chased down Barclay Goodrow on a breakaway and disrupted what would have been a doorstep shot.
Then, with 8:33 left in the third period, Wennberg drove in hard from the right and beat Vasilevskiy. Korpisalo then withstood the last 3:41 of a Lightning 6-on-5 attack.
Vegas 4, Chicago 3 (OT): Reilly Smith scored 7:13 into overtime, Robin Lehner made 22 saves and the Golden Knights beat the Blackhawks in Edmonton, Alberta, to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round series. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford stopped 35 of the 39 shots he faced in a losing effort.
Carolina 3, Boston 2: Dougie Hamilton scored the tiebreaking goal at 8:30 of the third period and James Reimer made 33 saves as the Hurricanes beat the Bruins in Toronto to tie their series 1-1.
Dallas 5, Calgary 4: Jamie Oleksiak scored with 40 seconds remaining in the third period to give the Stars a victory over the Flames in Edmonton, tying the series 1-1. Miro Heiskanen scored twice for Dallas, and Duluth native Derek Forbort scored his first NHL playoff goal for Calgary.
Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien experienced chest pains Wednesday night, was taken by ambulance to a Toronto hospital and is expected to be out the remainder of his team's first-round playoff series. General Manager Marc Bergevin said the situation is not COVID-19-related. Julien, 60, remained in a hospital Thursday afternoon.