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Eric Robinson helps Blue Jackets solve Lightning

Eric Robinson scored one goal and set up another, and Elvis Merzlikins made 30 saves to help the host Columbus Blue Jackets post a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday afternoon.

Captain Nick Foligno, Mikhail Grigorenko and defensemen Vladislav Gavrikov and Zach Werenski also scored for Columbus, which earned points for the fourth straight game (2-0-2).

Fourteen players produced at least one point for the Blue Jackets, who improved to 10-3-3 in their last 16 matinee games dating back to November 2016.

Prior to the afternoon start, Columbus announced a blockbuster trade involving disgruntled star Pierre-Luc Dubois, who was benched for the last two periods plus overtime Thursday in the team’s 3-2 overtime loss against Tampa Bay.

Dubois was sent to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for right winger Patrik Laine and Columbus native Jack Roslovic on Saturday. The Jets also will receive a 2022 third-round draft pick.

Laine was the second overall selection of the 2016 NHL Draft, while Dubois was taken with the following pick.

Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman notched a goal and an assist, Ondrej Palat also scored and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves.

The teams traded markers just 17 seconds apart in a wild, five-goal first period.

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