NHL-best Light­ning ousted in record speed by Colum­bus

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The Tampa Bay Light­ning ended up on the wrong side of NHL his­tory, get­ting swept in the first round of the play­offs af­ter one of the best reg­u­lar sea­sons ever.

The Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets capped a stun­ning sweep of the Pres­i­dents Tro­phy win­ners with a 7-3 vic­tory at home Tues­day night. Tampa Bay be­came the first team in the ex­pan­sion era, which be­gan in 1967- 68, to go win­less in the first round of the play­offs af­ter leading the league in points dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son.

And what a sea­son it was. Tampa Bay tied the NHL record for wins with 62 and amassed 128 points, fourth in NHL his­tory.

Colum­bus ad­vances to play the win­ner of the Bos­ton-Toronto se­ries, which the Maple Leafs lead 2-1.

High­lights

Islanders 3, Pen­guins 1: Robin Lehner saved 32 of 33 shots he faced as New York beat Pittsburgh on the road to com­plete the first-round sweep.

Josh Bai­ley had a goal and an as­sist for New York.

No­table

Hur­ri­canes-Cap­i­tals: A bar­rage of punches from Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals star Alex Ovechkin could have an im­pact on the Stan­ley Cup cham­pi­ons’ play­off se­ries against the Carolina Hur­ri­canes.

Ovechkin floored Carolina rookie An­drei Svech­nikov with a right hook dur­ing the first pe­riod of Mon­day night’s 5- 0 loss to the Hur­ri­canes in Game 3 of their first-round se­ries.

This was a rare fight for Ovechkin, one that knocked the 19-year-old Svech­nikov from the game when he banged his hel­met on the ice as he fell back­ward and ended up in con­cus­sion pro­to­col.

Svech­nikov, who had two goals in his play­off de­but last week, was helped to the locker room and didn’t re­turn. That left his sta­tus un­clear with the Cap­i­tals up 2-1 in the best-of-seven se­ries. .

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