What the Montreal Canadiens can learn from the Tampa Bay Lightning

2019 Lightning overtake 2012 Canucks for the worst playoff result for a Presidents' Trophy winner

The Oilers would go on to lose in the Stanley Cup Finals in seven games to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Here are three reasons why the Blue Jackets are advancing, while the Lightning will spend their summer wondering what went awry. "Everything you're feeling - we get it".

Columbus won its first-ever playoff series on its fifth try and advances to play the victor of the Boston-Toronto series, which the Maple Leafs lead 2-1.

The Rangers are due to profit from any postseason success the Lightning enjoy, with the 31st overall pick making its way to Broadway if Tampa somehow bounces back and ends up still winning it all.

The Tampa Bay Lightning finds themselves in a rather unexpected position as they prepare for tonight's Game 4 action against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Not only did Columbus win a playoff series for the first time in five tries, it did so in dominating fashion.

The Tampa Bay Lightning won 62 games this season, more than anyone in the history of ever.

Jordan Eberle scored for the fourth straight game, Robin Lehner stopped 32 shots and the Islanders finished off Sidney Crosby and the Penguins with a clinical 3-1 win in Game 4 in Pittsburgh to pull off a stunning sweep. They entered the playoffs as the overwhelming favorites to win the Stanley Cup. He just goes about his business.

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"They were the better team", said Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos, who also didn't score until Game 4. Playing with an extra skater on the delayed penalty, the Blue Jackets create some chaos and Bjorkstrand emphatically slammed home a rebound that was the eventual game-winner, deflating any momentum the Lightning had built a minute earlier. The Penguins got out in front first with Jake Guentzel scoring 35 seconds into the game, but like they have all series, the Islanders quickly responded 94 seconds later.

Like Texier, there was a time Duchene couldn't have imagined being with Columbus. "This has been unbelievable, and we want to finish the job and leave no doubt. I think this is a really good foundation, (and) you can do some really insane things if you stay together as a unit".

The night was satisfying for Bobrovsky - he hasn't been great in the playoffs the last two seasons - and the Blue Jackets, who were 2-8 at Nationwide Arena in three previous postseason appearances. Vegas forward Max Pacioretty stressed his team is wary regardless of how easy they've made it look by taking Games 2 and 3 by a combined 11-6. "We have to keep going". There are several culprits for the swift exit, but at a time when the Lightning needed some key saves from their standout goaltender to change the trajectory of the series, Vasilevskiy came up lacking, looking far from the player that was impenetrable for most of the year.

"You come in and you're expected to provide something for the team", Duchene said. The last time was in 2014, when the Los Angeles Kings dug out of the hole in the opening series against San Jose and eventually won the Stanley Cup. "A very structured team over there, played to their systems, didn't waver and outplayed us for four games".

The team also sent out a Tweet to congratulate the Blue Jackets for moving on to the second round.

The sixth-year head coach will have hard-working centre Anthony Cirelli start Game 4 between Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov, this season's National Hockey League scoring champion who returns from a one-game suspension for boarding Columbus defenceman Markus Nutivaara.

Tampa Bay was on the attack for the entire third period.



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