Islanders Open Playoffs With Thrilling Overtime Win At The Coliseum

Islanders Open Playoffs With Thrilling Overtime Win At The Coliseum

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs began last night as the Lightning hosted the Columbus Blue Jackets. In the second frame the Blue Jackets scored a single goal to make the game 3-1. Also, like Caldas said, the Capitals are as good if not better than any team in the playoffs with their strong core of TJ Oshie, Alex Ovechkin, Niklas Backstrom, Tom Wilson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, John Carlson, etc. Columbus took game one by a score of 4-3 to take a 1-0 series lead.

Jones made it 4-3 from the slot with 5:55 to play as the Blues Jackets erased a 3-0 deficit after the Lightning scored three times in the opening period. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.

The reversal of fortune and effort - with the Bolts looking skittish for the last 40 minutes of the game - all came to a head less than two minutes later when Columbus' Seth Jones completed the Blue Jackets comeback by scoring a power play goal.

"I thought Andy was a big part of getting our engine going".

"We got a 3-0 lead at home in the playoffs, that should be done and over with". They finished 8th this season in GA/GP (2.70), which is on par with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

It's been a very long six months for all of the 31 National Hockey League teams, but come April only 16 teams make the playoffs, eight from the East and eight from the West.

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The Blue Jackets are 6-0 in their last 6 road games, 1-4 in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games and 6-1 in their last 7 vs. They won the President's trophy for most points in the league, and the fourth most in a season in league history.

At Sports Interaction, the Lightning are still -238 favourites to win the series, while the Blue Jackets are coming in at +167. The Penguins come in as one of the top offensive teams in the league going up against the Islanders, who allowed the fewest goals on the season. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are two of the best players on the planet, and it will be key for the Islanders to shut them down.

The Lightning, who won the Presidents' Trophy and tied an National Hockey League single-season record with 62 wins, led 3-0 after one period on goals by Alex Killorn, Anthony Cirelli and Yanni Gourde.

Over the next two periods is when things started to get scary for the Tampa Bay. Interestingly, even though the Lightning spent most of the period defending in their own end, they did post 11 shots and generated several Grade-A chances. Lead by Brent Burns' 83 points, 16 goals and 67 assists, (most points by a defenseman) and Tomas Hertl's 35 goals and 39 assists, this team knows what they are doing. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up four goals on 26 shots faced.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Tyler Bozak scored with 2:05 left in the third period to give the St. Louis Blues the victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference opening-round playoff series. In his career, he has gone 15-12 with a 2.73 GAA in the postseason.

NOTES: Tampa Bay outscored Columbus 17-3 in sweeping all three games between the teams in the regular season. During the regular season, the Lightning ranked 1st in power play conversions at 28.2% and 1st in penalty kill at 85.0%. I think the Canes might steal a home game win so that's why I'm going with Capitals in five. "With them already winning the division, like a year ago; only the Pittsburgh Penguins stand in their way of doing it again", said communication major Alex Caldas, regarding Washington's playoff chances.