NHL-best Lightning ousted in record speed by Columbus
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.
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.
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. .