Fare thee properly, Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins. We hardly knew ye.
This is what occurred within the NHL Tuesday night time (try replays of each playoff sport on ESPN+), and what to look at for Wednesday night time, in immediately’s version of ESPN Stanley Cup Playoffs Day by day:
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About final night time …
Recreation Four: Columbus Blue Jackets 7, Tampa Bay Lightning three. (Blue Jackets win sequence Four-Zero.) Should you go by Vegas odds, the Washington Capitals’ loss to No. eight seed Montreal in 2010 was technically the larger upset, but it surely’s the style through which the Blue Jackets dispatched the Lightning that makes this probably the most surprising sequence leads to Stanley Cup playoff historical past: a four-game sweep. The ultimate rating was inflated by just a few empty-netters, as a result of this was a one-goal sport for a lot of the third interval.
To the Lightning’s credit score, their stars lastly confirmed up. However that was after Columbus constructed a 2-Zero lead simply three:48 into the sport. The soul-crushing second of Recreation Four: Oliver Bjorkstrand’s purpose on a delayed penalty with 1:14 left within the second interval, coming 54 seconds after Brayden Level tied the sport. The staff that tied the NHL document for many wins in a season, eradicated in 4 straight video games. “Should you do not accomplish the purpose of profitable all of it, it is a failure. We do not care about what occurred within the common season,” Steven Stamkos stated.
Oliver Bjorkstrand nets the go-ahead purpose because the Blue Jackets sweep the top-seeded Lightning within the first spherical.
Recreation Four: New York Islanders three, Pittsburgh Penguins 1. (Islanders win sequence Four-Zero.) It took 4 video games, however Sidney Crosby lastly earned some extent on this sequence, aiding on Jake Guentzel’s purpose simply 35 seconds right into a do-or-die Recreation Four.
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That would be the only goal the Penguins would score, as once again the Islanders’ combination of stingy team defense, solid goaltending from Robin Lehner (32 saves) and timely scoring never gave the Penguins even a hint of momentum during the game — like when Jordan Eberle answered the Pittsburgh goal just 1:34 later, his fourth goal of the series. The Islanders are in the second round of the playoffs for just the second time in 26 years. And they didn’t need John Tavares to do it.
Game 4: Winnipeg Jets 2, St. Louis Blues 1 (OT). (Series tied 2-2.) If the question was whether Blues rookie goalie Jordan Binnington could bounce back from a subpar effort in Game 3, the answer is yes: He stopped 37 shots and was solid. If the question was whether Winnipeg could do what the Blues did to them and take two games on the road, the answer is also yes: Thanks to 31 saves from Connor Hellebuyck and clutch goals from Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor, who had the overtime winner, this series is now deadlocked.
Game 4: Vegas Golden Knights 5, San Jose Sharks 0. (Knights lead series 3-1.) The Sharks are in deep trouble, as the Knights have a chance to knock them out of the playoffs for the second straight season. Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves, Max Pacioretty had two goals and two assists, and the Knights once again jumped on the Sharks early and didn’t look back. Martin Jones was pulled again after allowing two goals on seven shots in the first period. “He’s gotta be better. Both the goalies gotta be better,” said coach Peter DeBoer. “You can’t put this all on the goalies, you have to score, too.” The Sharks, who were missing center Joe Thornton due to suspension, have now been outscored 16-6 in their three straight losses to Vegas.
1. Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets. His crease-crashing goal tied the game at 7:33 of the third period, and his shot-rebound-pass sequence in overtime resulted in a layup goal for Connor. That was all the offense the Jets needed to beat Jordan Binnington and the Blues.
Kyle Connor scores in overtime to give the Jets the win and tie the series 2-2.
2. Max Pacioretty, Vegas Golden Knights. His four-point game (two goals, two assists) set a career playoff high for the winger. Pacioretty’s goal at 1:11 of the first period was also the 10th time in 18 games that the Golden Knights scored in the first five minutes against the Sharks.
3. Robin Lehner, New York Islanders and Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets (tie). We don’t usually do ties here, but we’ll make an exception for the backbones of their teams’ respective first-round sweeps. Bobrovsky gets some extra credit for shattering the narrative that he’s a leaky playoff goalie, posting a .932 save percentage for the series. Meanwhile, Lehner’s rocking a .956.
Play of the night
A wild Steven Stamkos appears! pic.twitter.com/XDV71D2apQ – Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 16, 2019
It took 4 video games — properly, six for those who monitor it again to final postseason — however Steven Stamkos did not go away the postseason and not using a little goal-scoring wizardry, dekeing via the Columbus protection.
Dud of the night time
Martin Jones. The most important vulnerability for the Sharks getting into this sequence was goaltending, and it stays that manner after 4 video games. He is rocking a playoffs-worst .838 save share, having been pulled twice within the sequence.
On the schedule
Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs, Recreation Four, 7 p.m. ET (Leafs lead sequence 2-1)
Toronto tries to construct on its spectacular Recreation three win — once more with out Nazem Kadri — whereas the Bruins search to do what they did in Recreation 2 to beguile them.
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Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars, Game 4, 8 p.m. ET (Predators lead 2-1)
In this goalie duel, Pekka Rinne (.936) has been slightly better than Ben Bishop (.931), while the Predators’ offense (2.33 goals per game) has been slightly better than that of the Stars (2.00).
Hey, the lowest-seeded wild card in the Eastern Conference just took out the top seed, so anything can happen. Especially when the Avs have been rolling in the past two games, as Nathan MacKinnon has three goals in three games.
Social post of the day
A tribute to teammate Kyle Connor from novice Photoshop artist Matt Hendricks. We’ll allow you to suss out the acronym.
“I had beers poured on me!” — John Tortorella, on the Blue Jackets’ bench celebration after they scored their (first) empty-netter.