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TAMPA, Fla. – Cedric Paquette scored his fifth goal in the last three games, Ben Bishop made 34 saves, and the Atlantic Division-leading Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Saturday night for their franchise-best 10th straight home victory.
Brett Connolly and Valtteri Filppula also scored for Tampa Bay, which hasn't lost at home since a 5-3 loss to Washington on Dec. 9. Bishop lost his shutout bid when Ryan Johansen scored with 3:26 remaining.
Curtis McElhinney stopped 31 shots for the Blue Jackets, who are 0-18-0 when trailing entering the third period. Columbus has been outscored 58-38 in the third period.
Connolly opened the scoring with 23.5 seconds left in the first. The goal came 2 minutes after McElhinney made a pair of nice saves on Tyler Johnson.
Paquette doubled the lead midway through the third period. He had gone 29 games without a goal before his current three-game goal-scoring stretch.
Filppula made it 3-0 just 1:41 later.
Brandon Dubinsky had his short-handed backhander during a 2-on-1 beat Bishop but hit the post midway through the first. Earlier in the period, Bishop stopped an in-close backhander by Cam Atkinson.
McElhinney also made a stretched-out pad save near the post on Ryan Callahan's power-play breakaway with 9 minutes to go in the second.
NOTES: Columbus D Ryan Murray returned after missing 36 games with a knee injury and had an assist. ... Blue Jackets LW Matt Calvert didn't play due to illness. ... Lightning rookie Jonathan Drouin assisted on Paquette's goal and has four assists in the last three games. ... Tampa Bay is 22-0-1 when ahead after two periods.