The first round of the National Hockey League playoffs continue on Friday evening and we will see the 8th seeded Columbus Blue Jackets grapple with the top-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.
The Lightning swept the three game regular season series for the Blue Jackets in convincing fashion, outscoring them 17-3 in the trio of games. Gourde tipped in a shot from the slot by Mikhail Sergachev at 17:50 for the three-goal advantage.
The Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night.
The race for the greatest trophy in sports, the Stanley Cup, is set to begin and EA Sports NHL 19 has run their annual playoff simulation to determine this year's champion. The Stars overall superior special teams were also a difference-maker scoring once on the power play (three chances) and holding Nashville's awful power play (last in the league) to 0-4. That being said, the Bruins have one of the best defenses in the league including their captain Zdeno Chara, Matt Grzelcyk and Torey Krug. Whichever unit gets hot first, either the Sharks' goaltending or the Knights' second line, may prove to be the deciding factor in this series. Boston played how they wanted for the first 15 minutes and after that, Toronto dominated them. Let's just say that with one game left, three teams could have won the division; it was that close. Eastern Conference. The Lightning are 42-9 in their last 51 games playing on 1 days rest, 46-12 in their last 58 games as a favorite and 40-14 in their last 54 home games. The Blues continued their dominant play in the playoffs, setting themselves up with a date in the Final against the aforementioned Lightning. They have the depth and talent to do it again with the likes of P.K. Subban, Ryan Johansen, Roman Josi and Filip Forseberg, again all guys that have been here before and know how to get things done. Like Wednesday night, Game 2 was a tight game, but the Islanders, after getting away from their aggressive forechecking style during portions of Game 1, got back to their successful formula in Game 2, forcing Pittsburgh into a sloppy, turnover-filled night.
The Islanders led three times in regulation with the Penguins managing to tie it each time. The Blue Jackets won the last meeting 4-3.
If you are a Boston Bruins fan, the first game of the series was a nightmare.
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But which teams have the best shot to take down Tampa in the postseason? The Flames haven't been able to make it out of the first round since 2015, but the Colorado Avalanche hasn't since 2008. The Flames are lead by one of the best young talents in the NHL, Jonny "Hockey" Gaudreau.
Dubinsky's double-minor for high-sticking Paquette at 9:23 had the Blue Jackets playing defensively on the penalty kill, but Anderson tied it with a short-handed goal at 11:54, setting the stage for Jones' victor.
Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin each had a goal and an assist, and Justin Schultz also scored for the Penguins. If there's one team that will figure it out and bounce back, it's the Lightning.
Vegas' road to another Stanley Cup appearance would not be easy. Tampa Bay will win that series in 6 games. "I think we're showing it there on the ice".
Once Dallas scored, their body language changed and they were decisive, which led to them building a 3-1 lead.