Columbus Blue Jackets in the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Columbus Blue Jackets in the Stanley Cup Playoffs

He made a flawless pass for me. This is the only first round series I think that has the potential to be a sweep. David Savard, Josh Anderson and Seth Jones scored the three third-period goals. And then there is their deadly power play unit with Brayden Point's 20 PPG and Steven Stamkos' 19. The Blue Jackets are 4-10 in the last 14 meetings in Tampa Bay and 1-6 in the last 7 meetings.

Players can create a character and express their look and playstyle with over 900 new customization items including, for the first time, lifestyle apparel inspired by pond hockey. Previous year the Bruins bested Toronto in the first round and that's where they'll meet up once again. Braden Holtby has been rock solid in the playoffs in the past and they hope he recaptures that for another deep playoff run.

The Leafs have the depth to score goals, but the problem is keeping the puck out of their own net.

"I thought Andy was a big part of getting our engine going". Coach Gerard Gallant said he wasn't anxious about his team's subpar performance to end the season that saw them only winning one of their final eight games.

After Cirelli had a rebound goal at 11:01, Gourde's waist-high deflection of Mikhail Sergachev's shot made it 3-0 with 2:10 left in the first. Not this season, not in recent memory, but in the Stanley Cup era. Once again another all-around great team. NY has five players left - Nelson, Josh Bailey, Casey Cizikas, Thomas Hickey and Matt Martin. After a historic regular season, the Tampa Bay Lightning are on the verge of being remembered as a massive disappointment rather than as champions. New York, on the other hand, don't really have any big-name players, just a bunch of guys working hard for each other. They don't have a lot of depth while the Penguins do.

Moving onto the Western Conference where there are five teams coming out of the Central Division (but that's a topic for later). Sergei Bobrovsky carried this team on his back in March, but he's not going to be able to carry them to the next round. "I assume we're going to get even better from Columbus than we did last night".

Hedman returned after missing the final four regular-season game with an upper-body injury. It's better they get it out of their system now and not have it rear its ugly head in a Game 7. This matchup is full of heavy hitters and is one of my favorites. It was just four minutes later that the Blue Jackets did the unthinkable and tied the game up against the best team in the league.

The Islanders led three times in regulation with the Penguins managing to tie it each time. The Blues' first line has been the reason for their late success.


Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin also referred to Orpik as the Capitals "secret weapon". The Jets aren't a team to sleep on, though.

The Blue Jackets were the busiest club at the trade deadline, and for now, it has paid off as they clinched a wildcard spot in the Eastern conference. Along with players like Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor and Bryan Little there is no lack of skill.

The Bread Man Artemi Panarin broke his own team records for points (87) and assists (59) this season and as he goes, so do the Blue Jackets offensively. If not for the spectacular play of Jordan Binnington for the Blues in round 3, the Golden Knights would have found themselves in the Stanley Cup Finals in back-to-back years.

The defending champion Capitals have a great offense led by one of the greatest goal scorers in National Hockey League history in Alexander Ovechkin. Lead by Nathan MacKinnon's 99 points and 41 goals alongside 22-year-old Mikko Rantanen's 31 goals and 56 assists and you can see why this offense is no joke. But the lack of goal scoring could be problematic. Even the 2008-09 San Jose Sharks at least took the Anaheim Ducks to six games. They have the talent ranging from Jonathan Marchessault's 25 goals and 34 assists to William Karlsson's 24 goals and 32 assists. I'd like to see them prove me wrong, but they'll be fighting off a veteran Sharks squad.

We all know what happened when the playoffs began.

That's a unsafe mindset in the playoffs, one Killorn knows won't work.

Despite strong performances, Winnipeg and Nashville fell short of winning the Stanley Cup again. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities.

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