Particularly McDonagh, Callahan and Girardi who were all such loyal servants for the Rangers, with the trio racking up 1,754 games between them in NY.
No Presidents' Trophy victor has ever been swept in the opening round of the playoffs.
COLUMBUS, OH %26#8211; APRIL 14: Ryan McDonagh #27 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 14, 2019 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Guentzel found space in the slot and ripped a shot past Lehner 35 seconds into the game for the first goal of the series by Pittsburgh's top line. No one saw this coming, including one Reddit user, WMino. "We lose picks? Okay". Lots of time during the year, you think (a certain) team is going to win due to their record. But we have prospects who are closer to playing. "We're going to enjoy it, but we've got to carry this momentum forward now".
Pacioretty produced the first two-goal playoff game of his career. Reporters, of course, will relish another chance to have their cell phones answered or body odor called out during Tortorella's always-lively press conferences.
You've also got the John Davidson factor, with Columbus' President of Hockey Operations among the favorites to fill the same role at the Rangers. Letang, whose play over the first four-plus months helped the Penguins rebound from a decidedly sluggish start, had a handful of miscues against the Islanders that led immediately to pucks in the back of the Pittsburgh net. Only one of the Blue Jackets' wins was by a single goal, when three goals in the third period pulled Columbus away in time to snag a 4-3 win.
The good news, if you can even say that phrase with a straight face at this point in the series, is the Lightning will go into tonight's game with the assistance of Nikita Kucherov. I look at our roster and see a lot of really good players, and I see a really good organization and great coaching and great defensemen.
So when the Blue Jackets completed a highly improbable four-game sweep on Tuesday, there wasn't much to say.
Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is rolling with a.932 save percentage and came up with several huge saves in Game 4 as Tampa was desperately trying to fight back. How long will he need this time around?
The Blue Jackets' goaltender stood tall, as he had the entire playoff series, turning away unsafe shots by Erik Cernak and Cedric Paquette in the last five minutes.
What followed was a four-goal loss, a two-goal loss and finally another four-goal loss in Columbus' 7-3 win in Game 4. And how did Columbus go about nullifying Tampa Bay's league-best power play? The Bolts' 62 regular season victories tied the all-time record.
So if history repeats itself, which it usually does, this means the Blue Jackets would be going all the way to the Stanley Cup finals this year after earning their first postseason series win in franchise history, where they will post a losing effort. But that is all past tense now.