The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet in game four of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series from the Nationwide Arena on Tuesday night. The Penguins lost as -200 betting favorites, with Sidney Crosby held pointless for the third time in the series after putting up 100 points during the season. "We know that they are going to show up better next game and we got to be ready for it".
Columbus has commanded the series since falling behind 3-0 in the opening period of Game 1, only to rally to win that one 4-3.
The NHL playoffs are awesome, but they are even better with Columbus still involved.
Indeed, the Lightning made history in the 2019 playoffs - just not the kind any coach would want. If Tampa Bay won the Stanley Cup, the Blueshirts would have received their first round draft pick, which was part of the trade that sent Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller to the Lightning last season.
Columbus had two goals on the board within the first four minutes on Tuesday, thanks to Alexandre Texier and Pierre-Luc Dubois, and it looked like it was going to dominate its way through Game 4 like it did the previous two. This isn't how things were supposed to end for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who were dominant in nearly every way possible during the regular season.
"If we had the answers, we would have found a way to win a game".
Hart Trophy frontrunner Nikita Kucherov is set to return to the Lightning lineup for Game 4 after serving a one-game suspension for boarding. And rightfully so after an incredible, record-setting regular season.
Through three games, Kucherov and Hedman, plus 40-goal scorers Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point, are among the Lightning players yet to register a point in the series.
Just as they did at every critical point during what became a lopsided series, the Islanders responded nearly immediately. They've won the Stanley Cup eight times in that same span and at least made the Finals 12 times. But it's one thing to say it, and it's another to execute. "I think they were here the last two games, and since I've been here they've always been behind us".
Jordan Eberle scored for the fourth time in as many games, and Brock Nelson added the victor as visiting NY completed a first-round playoff sweep of Pittsburgh. In the Blue Jackets' historic dispatching of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the biggest moment came early in the second period of Game 1. Like I said, we know that we're going to be up against a really good team, no matter who it is. "This is an opposite scenario where we can't get too high about ourselves". In 2015, no one expected us to go anywhere, and we went far, with the same core of players. These words don't sound like they're coming out of a hockey team, but rather someone who messed up bad and is now just trying to make it about your feelings instead of their actions.
"We couldn't find our game".
Sergei Bobrovsky got the win to improve his record to 3-0-0 this season after stopping 30 of 31 shots faced in the victory for Columbus while Andrei Vasilevskiy ended up with the L, falling to 0-3-0 after allowing two goals on 29 shots faced in the losing effort.