While this surge ahead is clearly good news for Columbus, just past year the Blue Jackets were up 2-0 in the first round against the Washington Capitals on the road before losing the next four games and the series.
After getting beat up on all night Friday against the Blue Jackets, Hedman reached a breaking point with teammate Nikita Kucherov.
Kucherov was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the hit on Nutivaara, which occurred at 15:34 of the third period. Kucherov tallied 128 points (41 goals, 87 assists).
Game 3 of the series is scheduled for Sunday in Columbus.
The Lightning forward, who led the National Hockey League with 128 points during the regular season, was assessed a two-minute tripping penalty, five minutes for boarding and a game misconduct.
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Now, Kucherov is not known as a dirty player and has not been hit with a suspension before for such a hit, but in last year's playoffs he faced one when the Lightning took on the Devils.
Chirping and trash talking are part of sports, and there's no doubt frustration set in for the Lightning, which stunningly fell into a 0-2 hole in this-best-of-seven series ("A five-alarm fire", as coach Jon Cooper put it). He led the National Hockey League in both assists and points.
The Lightning outscored Columbus 17-3 in winning all three meetings in the regular season.
The memory of last season's outcome should act as a chip on the shoulders of the Blue Jackets as they aim to win their first playoff series in franchise history.