3 takeaways from Blue Jackets sweep of Lightning

Tanya Simon
April 17, 2019

The Blue Jackets, meanwhile, didn't clinch the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot until the 81st game. Andrei Vasilevskiy has been poor for the Lightning while Sergei Bobrovsky has been quite the opposite for Columbus.

Columbus won its first-ever playoff series in its fifth try and advances to play the victor of the Boston-Toronto series, which the Leafs lead, 2-1.

"When you have the amount of points we had, it's a blessing and a curse, in a way". "The job's not done".

We're a confident group, and we have good players, good goalies and we're just going to have fun. "You earned it. Good luck the rest of the way", the Tweet said.

As the seconds ticked off what had turned into a rout because of empty-net goals, the Nationwide Arena crowd that had been standing for the entire third period roared even louder, and the players celebrated wildly, spilling from the bench onto the ice.

"They were the better team", said Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos, who also didn't score until Game 4.

"We're building every shift, every game throughout the series", said Jets forward Kyle Connor, who scored twice in Game 3. "But at the end of the day, it wasn't good enough top to bottom from our team".

The Avs played their worst game in the series opener, but weren't awful at all, and it still took Mike Smith standing on his head to get Calgary off the mark. "We've just got to execute better, and that goes for everybody".

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In Game 4, it was exactly the same situation as his goal on an odd-man rush at the 2:09 mark of the first period came just a minute-and-a-half after the Penguins scored on the game's first shift, erasing any momentum they may have been able to build. Kucherov missed Sunday night's Game 3 as he served his one-game suspension for his actions against Blue Jackets defenseman Markus Nutivaara in Game 2.

In the four games the Islanders spent less than five minutes playing from behind due to their quick responses, and in two games it was goals from Eberle that erased those few deficits. Currently, the Bruins lead that series two games to one.

It wasn't almost enough to stop the Islanders. The road team has won all four games so far in the series between the Central Division rivals who finished even with 99 points in the regular season.

On Tuesday night, that fire was put out. For a couple of minutes anyway.

The question really has to be asked at this point just how big of an upset this series was for both teams involved.

Penguins defenceman Kris Letang whiffed while trying to pinch into the NY zone, creating a two-on-one the other way that Eberle finished to even it at 1 just 1:34 after Guentzel had put Pittsburgh in front. Duchene managed to keep possession despite having two Lightning skaters trying to thwart him, and he managed to find a release valve up high in Atkinson, who moved the puck to Jones.

Three games against the largely unknown and decidedly unheralded New York Islanders have come and gone.

Brock Nelson put the Isles 2-1 ahead in the 1st period before Josh Bailey made it 3-1 in the second. Nelson flicked a shot over Murray's right pad, and NY was back in control. Crosby hit the inside of the left post in the middle of the second period, and Islanders defenceman Scott Mayfield bailed out Lehner by making a save with his left leg on a point-blank shot by Phil Kessel early in the third.

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