The Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets are facing one more challenge than the rest of the teams in the pandemic-altered NHL playoffs. Tampa Bay and Columbus will be back on the ice less than 48 hours after the Lightning outlasted the Blue Jackets with a five-overtime win in the fourth-longest game in league history. ''It was obviously a crazy game,'' Tampa Bay defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said.
So did the Columbus Blue Jackets get shorted by the officials in Game 1 against the Lightning? Maybe they did, maybe they didn’t. The evidence could go either way and that suggests, at the very least, that the calls were not egregious.
Too bad. Historic games don’t happen very often. They are made for fans in the stands, who can look back some day and tell family they were there.