TAMPA, Fla. — Kristers Gudlevskis made 36 saves to win his NHL debut, Eric Brewer scored two goals, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 today.
Ondrej Palat also scored for the Lightning, who took a one-point lead over Montreal for second place in the Atlantic Division. A runner-up finish would give Tampa Bay home-ice advantage in its first-round playoff series with the Canadiens.
Boone Jenner and David Savard had goals for Columbus. The playoff-bound Blue Jackets are tied with Philadelphia — which has one game at hand — for third place in the Metropolitan Division.
Gudlevskis had played in the ECHL and AHL, and for Lativa in the Sochi Olympics this season. Anders Lindback started in place of the injured Ben Bishop in the Lightning’s 4-2 win Thursday night over Philadelphia.