Stanley Cup Playoffs: Tampa Bay Lightning on verge of historic collapse

2019 NHL playoff preview Lightning vs. Blue Jackets

2019 NHL playoff preview Lightning vs. Blue Jackets

So you stand in there, and you don't take a [expletive] backward step, not for a [expletive] second. It's hard to imagine that the fortunes of the Blue Jackets will be reversed against the relentless Lightning in the postseason. Rhett wasn't the only one not concerned with the outcome of game 1. The good news for the Jackets is Panarin has a goal and seven assists in his last five regular season games.

The first round of the National Hockey League playoffs continue on Friday evening and we will see the 8th seeded Columbus Blue Jackets grapple with the top-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

As much as one would like to scream at the heavens in frustration (and trust me, we have) a loss in Game 1 is not the end of the world.

Maybe that's the simple and easy pick but how can anyone bet against them?

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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. Victor Hedman, the 2018 Norris Trophy winner as the league's best defenseman, returns to the lineup.

The Blue Jackets became the 27th National Hockey League team to overcome at least a three-goal deficit to win a playoff game in regulation.

But Columbus rallied back when Nick Foligno scored on a breakaway in the second period following an errant pass by Ryan McDonagh. The Bolts did d have a 3-0 lead 17:50 into the game, but it was all Columbus after that as the Jackets scored one in the 2nd period and three in the 3rd to stun the Lightning on their home ice. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 22 shots.

"Our mentality has to be when we get in these situations is shut teams down, not to add to the lead".

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That's the case for Carolina defenseman Calvin de Haan, who practiced Friday after missing the past six games with an upper-body injury. "To take a puck to the face like that, didn't go down". The Bruins need to clean up their issues allowing short-handed goals. Alex Killorn leads Tampa Bay with one goal, J.T. Miller has one assist and Anthony Cirelli has four shots on goal. "It's a [expletive] mindset of [expletive] believing", Tortorella said. He had a bad start to the season, but was able to turn it around and finish with a respectable 2.69 GAA and a.919 SV%. The Jackets have now won eight of their last nine games and they have allowed just 1.89 gpg over that stretch.

Alexandre Texier, Columbus' 19-year-old rookie who played in the Blue Jackets' final two regular-season games, skated in alone on Vasilevskiy but missed the net on a shot with 4 minutes to go in the first.

On the winning goal, Barzal brought the puck into the offensive zone on a 2-on-1 break, faked in front to draw Murray out and sent a backhand shot that bounced off the left post, but Bailey was there to knock it in. The West is a crapshoot because you could make a case for six teams making it to the Finals, but I'll say that the Flames make it all the way for a rematch of 2004.

Nikita Kucherov, who had an NHL-best 128 points in the regular season, was held without a point but had an in-close chance turned aside by Bobrovsky and hit the crossbar during the opening minute of the second during a power play. "One thing I do know about being with this group is, they find a way". The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Will the Lightning be able to turn their game around and make this a series?

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