The Blue Jackets, with a 7-3 win in over Tampa Bay in Game 4, have finally won a Stanley Cup playoff series, removing yet another asterisk from the franchise's name, one of the last reminders of its chronic struggles.
Ten Blue Jackets players have combined to score 12 goals in the series against Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, who has a 3.73 goals-against average in this series after he fashioned a 2.40 mark over 53 regular-season games. But they outplayed the Lightning with a smothering forecheck and stellar goaltending by Sergei Bobrovsky.
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"Nothing was our way in the series", he said. This isn't the ending we imagined, and certainly not the one we wanted.
"In the end, we just couldn't find our game, " Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said.
Duchene leads Columbus in playoff points with seven (three goals, four assists).
Tampa Bay was on the attack for the entire third period. The Lightning tied it at 3 on Point's goal late in the second period, but Oliver Bjorkstrand scored 54 seconds later.
Daniel Sedin missed the final nine games of the regular season and the first three games of the playoffs.
The Penguins did their best to stay loose while trying to avoid getting swept in the first round for the second time in franchise history.
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Rookie Alexandre Texier, who was brought over after his season ended in the Finnish league, scored his first NHL goal and later added one of the empty-netters.
It wasn't almost enough to stop the Islanders. NY allowed the fewest goals in the league during the regular season, and then backed it up with 12-plus periods of sound hockey that's quickly become their calling card under first-year coach Barry Trotz, who led the Washington Capitals to the Stanley Cup last season.
The Jackets took Game 3, their first home game of the series, 3-1.
Before the Canucks' 5-game loss to the Kings, who went on to win the Stanley Cup, no Presidents' Trophy victor had ever lost in the first round in five games.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored and Jordan Binnington made 37 saves for the Blues.
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.
Nearly everyone expected the Lightning to play deep into the postseason.
After a slow start in Game 3, the Blues came out strong in the first period.
Binnington came up big on a point-blank chance from Scheifele early in the second, and Brandon Tanev hit the crossbar on a breakaway midway through the period.
Daniel returned for the final two games of the series against the Kings and helped them win Game 4 to prevent a sweep, but he wasn't quite the same player he was before Keith's elbow.
The San Jose Sharks won the Presidents' Trophy in 2009, then promptly lost to the Anaheim Ducks in six games in the first round.
The Avalanche posted a total of 4.24 expected goals for (xGF) in the second and third games while the Flames could only muster up 2.87, per Natural Stat Trick.
Shea Theodore, Alex Tuch, and Jonathan Marchessault also scored for Vegas.
The Lightning played from behind for most of the first two periods Tuesday.
The Sharks were without injured center Michael Haley and defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
The Jets cut the Blues' series lead to 2-1 on Sunday with a 6-3 win as +140 road underdogs on the National Hockey League odds, in their seventh OVER result in their past 10 outings.