Jackets stun Lightning in opener | National Hockey League

14 April, 2019, 04:38 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Stamkos: Lightning 'learned a lesson' after coughing up 3-goal lead

It's been a very long six months for all of the 31 National Hockey League teams, but come April only 16 teams make the playoffs, eight from the East and eight from the West. No team wants to go home in the first round, but for four teams, all that hard work during the regular season will mean nothing.

For all the value of postseason experience, youth is off to a nice start in the Stanley Cup playoffs. He made a ideal pass for me.

The Columbus Blue Jackets made the end of the regular season as exciting as any stretch all season long. This is the only first round series I think that has the potential to be a sweep.

Midway through the third period, the house started to collapse for Tampa Bay when the Blue Jackets' David Savard cut the lead to 3-2 on a turnover in the Lightning zone as he went unassisted at 7:56.

Nikita Kucherov topped off an incredible season by taking home the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP after recording 13 goals and 31 points. And then there is their deadly power play unit with Brayden Point's 20 PPG and Steven Stamkos' 19. While speaking to Pierre McGuire, Orpik deflected credit on the goal, instead praising Evgeny Kuznetsov, who tallied the primary assist on the play.

The Blue Jackets are 6-0 in their last 6 road games, 1-4 in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games and 6-1 in their last 7 vs.

NOTES: Ten of the Capitals' last 14 first-round games went to overtime. On paper, the Bruins have a much better group of defencemen than Toronto. Braden Holtby has been rock solid in the playoffs in the past and they hope he recaptures that for another deep playoff run. Led by John Tavares' 47 goals and followed by Auston Matthews' 37, this team has no problem shooting the puck. Victor Hedman, the 2018 Norris Trophy winner as the league's best defenseman, returns to the lineup.

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"I thought Andy was a big part of getting our engine going". "One thing I do know about being with this group is, they find a way".

Brent Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Evander Kane added goals in a wild second period that featured heavy hitting, a parade to the penalty box and the high intensity expected in a series between two franchises that have become fierce rivals in just two seasons. Once again another all-around great team.

So from Penguins-Islanders to Blue Jackets-Lightning to Blues-Jets to Stars-Predators to Golden Knights-Sharks, you'll see the best moments from each of the five games, if you click the thing in the thing.

The last matchup in the East is the New York Islanders going head to head with the Pittsburgh Penguins. They finished 8th this season in GA/GP (2.70), which is on par with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

A team full of talent but the ingredients to this point have not overly impressive. They don't have a lot of depth while the Penguins do.

The Avalanche are going to have a tough time if they can't get any production outside of the top line. NY has home ice, but I'm still going with the Penguins in six.

Checking out the simulation bracket shows a few interesting events that would be rather surprising if they came to pass, such as Colorado knocking off the best team in the Western Conference in the first round, the Calgary Flames. Let's just say that with one game left, three teams could have won the division; it was that close. I just don't see how Columbus can get past this team. The two teams will be looking to repeat and avenge last season's second round, when the surging Knights knocked off the Sharks in six games in their first season.

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