Blue Jackets 7, Lightning 3
Columbus wins series 4-0
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Tampa Bay Lightning ended up on the wrong side of NHL history, getting swept in the first round of the playoffs after one of the best regular seasons ever.
The Columbus Blue Jackets capped a stunning sweep of the Presidents Trophy winners with a 7-3 victory Tuesday night. Tampa Bay became the first team in the expansion era, which began in 1967-68, to go winless in the first round of the playoffs after leading the league in points during the regular season. And what a season it was. Tampa Bay tied the NHL record for wins with 62 and amassed 128 points, fourth in NHL history.
Islanders 3, Penguins 1
New York wins series 4-0
PITTSBURGH — Jordan Eberle scored for the fourth straight game, Robin Lehner stopped 32 shots and New York finished off Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh to pull off a stunning sweep.
Josh Bailey set up Brock Nelson’s go-ahead goal late in the first period and added an empty-net score with 38 seconds remaining as the Islanders easily captured the franchise’s second playoff series victory in 26 years.
Jets 2, Blues 1, OT
Series tied 2-2
ST. LOUIS — Kyle Connor scored 6:02 into overtime and Winnipeg beat St. Louis to tie their Western Conference series at two games apiece. Mark Scheifele also scored and Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves for the Jets, who arrived in St. Louis down 2-0. It is the only first-round series in which the home team has failed to win a game.
Golden Knights 5, Sharks 0
Vegas leads series 3-1
LAS VEGAS — Max Pacioretty had two goals and two assists, Marc-Andre Fleury earned his 15th playoff shutout and Vegas blanked San Jose for a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference series. Vegas can eliminate the Sharks from the postseason for the second consecutive year on Thursday.
Since losing Game 1 on the road, the Golden Knights have never trailed and they’ve outscored the Sharks 15-6.