Series (Game 1 of 1)

Tampa Bay leads 1-0

Game 1: Friday, January 13th
Blue Jackets2Final

Blue Jackets 2

(14-28-2, 30 pts)

Lightning 4

(22-19-3, 47 pts)

7:30 PM ET, January 13, 2006

Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

1 2 3 T
CBJ 0 0 22
TB 1 1 24

Top Skaters

Columbus: J. Balastik - 1 A, 4 SOG, Even

Tampa Bay: V. Prospal - 2 A, 8 SOG, +1

Columbus (14-27-2) at Tampa Bay (21-19-3) 7:30 pm EST

Columbus (14-27-2) at Tampa Bay (21-19-3) 7:30 pm EST

TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning play without their captain when they face the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.

The Lightning waived veteran Dave Andreychuk on Tuesday, possibly ending the 42-year-old's illustrious career.

Andreychuk, who is second among left wings in all-time goals (640), assists (698) and points (1,338), had six goals and 12 assists in 42 games this season. But Tampa Bay cited the league's new rules emphasizing speed as its reason for parting ways with the captain from its only Stanley Cup championship in 2004.

Andreychuk may just be a scapegoat for the struggles of the Lightning, who have dropped eight of their last 11 games.

In Saturday's 6-3 loss to Boston, Evgeny Artyukhin collected a goal and an assist and Vincent Lecavalier and Fredrik Modin also tallied for Tampa Bay, which has scored just 26 goals over its tough stretch.

Meanwhile, Columbus has won two straight and set a season high for goals in Wednesday's 6-1 win over lowly Pittsburgh.

Rookie Jaroslav Balastik scored twice and Sergei Fedorov and Rick Nash each added a goal and two assists for the Blue Jackets, who split a pair of meetings with the Lightning in 2003-04.