Blue Jackets stun Lightning to take 2-0 series lead

2019 NHL playoff preview Lightning vs. Blue Jackets

It certainly was on television, as Tampa Bay, who should have an extreme amount of confidence based on their season results, was outplayed the last two periods by Columbus and was anything by confident the final five minutes of the game.

Tom Kuhnhackl, who had a goal in the opening minute of the game waved off for offside, almost won it for the Islanders 1:12 into the extra period as he crashed into Murray and the puck crossed the goal line but not before the net came loose.

With Columbus trailing 3-1 in the third, David Savard deked around Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman and scored 7:56 into the period to make it a one-goal game.

Despite the loss, there were quite a few positives to come out of Game 1 for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In the National Football League, in the last fifteen years, the team with the best record in the regular season has gone on to win the Superbowl four times. Columbus will now look to keep it rolling, but they have to be careful as the Bolts will come out with all they got in this one.

"I thought Andy was a big part of getting our engine going". The 2018 second overall pick will try to help Carolina even its first-round series against Washington in Game 2 Saturday (3 p.m. ET, NBC). - Tortorella before the game on the unpredictability of playoff hockey.

The Blue Jackets became the 27th National Hockey League team to overcome at least a three-goal deficit to win a playoff game in regulation. NY was 18th on the penalty kill this season (79.9%), while the Penguins finished 5th on the power play (24.6%).

The Tampa Bay Lightning had the most points in the league by far this year.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets are making a serious bid to knock the team with the best regular-season record out of the playoffs. Let's just say that with one game left, three teams could have won the division; it was that close. Only missed maybe a shift at the end of the period and played the rest of the game.

The Lightning had a chance to add a goal to the lead during a four-minute power play, but Columbus' Josh Anderson found a shorthanded goal of his own to even the score at 3-3 with 7:44 left in the game.

Tampa Bay's top-ranked power-play unit has failed in all five opportunities in in the series.

"We can't get comfortable", Jones said. Do we succeed? I don't know.

Pittsburgh outshot NY 17-12 in the first period, but the Islanders led 2-1 after 20 minutes. Vasilevskiy was 39-14 with a 2.40 GAA during the regular season, including 23-8 with a 2.34 GAA here at home. Binnington went 15-11 while recording a.929 Save Percentage in the playoffs, finishing the playoffs with the best Save Percentage among all netminders in the postseason.

However, Tampa Bay struck first when Jones bobbled the puck at the blue line on the power play, and Killorn stole it, raced in on a breakaway and beat Bobrovsky for a short-handed goal at 4:12. During the regular season, the Lightning ranked 1st in power play conversions at 28.2% and 1st in penalty kill at 85.0%.

I have to go with Tampa Bay, which is nearly everybody's pick. I'll take Marc-Andre Fleury over either of them without thinking twice, and that could very well be the difference in series where both teams are strong at 5v5.

Two different teams took the ice in the second period, however, and the Blue Jackets put 11 shots on goal, including one off a Ryan McDonagh turnover that became Columbus' first goal of the game.

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