Presidents' Trophy to playoff sweep: Lightning on wrong side of history

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What the Blue Jackets pulled off is impressive as all hell, and everybody without their team in it should be cheering for them. A 21-21 tie at halftime became a 74-54 win for UMBC, as Tony Bennett's Cavaliers had no answers.

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. As of April 7th, they had the second worst Stanley Cup odds for teams in the playoffs at +3,000.

"You don't get to this time of year without a really good goalie to get in, and you don't win playoff games without your goalie, so I thought he stood really big in those 10, 12 minutes there where they turned it up", Columbus coach John Tortorella said. It would not only represent the biggest upset in recent Stanley Cup Playoffs history, but it would mark the first playoff series win in franchise history.

The Golden Knights took a step toward knocking the Sharks out of the playoffs for the second straight year by rolling to a 6-3 win in Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead.

The Maple Leafs lead the Bruins, 2-1, heading into Game 4.

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Just as they did at every critical point during what became a lopsided series, the Islanders responded nearly immediately. If the Lightning can bring home their first victory of the series, the series will head back to Tampa for Game 5.

If Kucherov buries that shot, the Lightning lead 4-0, and who knows where the series goes from there? "But just remember, it's one round, and we're thinking about other things as we go here". "That's the goal. That's the only reason why any of the 31 teams are in this league, and I don't think anybody is going to be lifting their arms up to win one round of the playoffs and be happy about it, and I don't think we should be either".

Teams have come back from 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series on just four previous occasions. The OVER has paid out on the totals in each of the first three games of this series.

Goaltending certainly wasn't the whole story - the Blue Jackets held the Lightning to fewer than 30 shots in the first two games of the series - but it played a significant role. You have to give them some credit. "This is an opposite scenario where we can't get too high about ourselves". It was together when they lost Games 6 and 7 (again) to the Washington Capitals last season.

Because the puck keeps going in, the Islanders' season will keep going on. "So he's delivered. And that's why he's one of the top players in the league and why we had our eye on him for a while". It's tough not to be holding up the Stanley Cup at the end, but how many teams have gone through this? "We'll be ready for a war next game". We've cashed three times with the Blue Jackets as underdogs and this line is giving no respect to what Columbus has done so far. Bobrosvky was fantastic, while Vasilevskiy simply wasn't as dominant as he had been in the regular season. Strengths of ours that were keys to us winning in the regular season, we didn't get it done in this series.