Playoff Roundup: Blue Jackets Push Lightning to the Brink

Columbus Blue Jackes v Tampa Bay Lightning- Game One

But he received further supplemental discipline Saturday, when the league's Department of Player Safety announced that they were giving the forward a one-game ban. In 52 regular season games, the former New York Ranger tallied 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) for the Bolts.

Ondrej Palat gave Tampa a fighting chance with an early third period goal, but even as they continually tried to test Sergei Bobrovsky, they couldn't solve the Blue Jackets' netminder, who ended the night with 30 saves.

It's clear that Nikita Kucherov is not happy with missing Game 3 of the Lightning's first-round playoff series against the Blue Jackets.

The Lightning are facing an unexpected quick elimination.




Game 4 is Tuesday, where Columbus can finish off its first playoff series with a potential sweep over the Lightning.

Anthony Beauvillier also scored and Robin Lehner stopped 32 shots to help NY open a postseason series with two wins for the first time since sweeping Edmonton in the 1983 Stanley Cup Final for the Islanders' fourth straight championship. The Lightning's three shots in the first period were the fewest allowed in a period by the Blue Jackets in a home playoff game.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will be eager to turn things around after the Presidents' Trophy winners enter game three down 2-0 in the series after Columbus picked up a 5-1 win in game two on Friday. But what Hedman forgot about Nash was that he wasn't a member of the Blue Jackets during the 2017-18 playoffs.

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