Lightning Vs. Blue Jackets Live Stream

Yes, you can argue the team has already won it, but how many times have we seen teams not touch the Prince of Wales Trophy or Clarence S. Campbell Bowl after advancing to the Stanley Cup Final?

"In the Stanley Cup playoffs, nothing surprises you". But even though Columbus's overtaking of the Lightning was historic, first round sweeps by underdog teams have become nearly commonplace in the last few seasons. Everyone's going to talk about us losing the series, but they did a lot of good things.

The futures bet isn't asking much out of the Lightning: they just need to win one round next year. A contract extension should keep Cooper safe, but expiring contracts abound on the blue line and GM Julien BriseBois wouldn't be faulted for feeling itchy to make larger changes.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets were clinging to a 4-3 lead and the Tampa Bay Lightning's high-scoring stars were swarming around Sergei Bobrovsky, as the clock ticked down in what would be a history-making playoff game.

From puck drop in Game 1, it was evident the Lightning were outplayed and outhustled by the de facto 8-seed Blue Jackets. Though the Penguins extended their playoff streak to 13 years and counting, they only sporadically played the kind of intelligent and responsible hockey coach Mike Sullivan has tried to instill from the moment he took over in December 2015.

Although it's highly unlikely that Islanders goalie Robin Lehner will maintain his.956 save percentage through the rest of the post-season, his team has been clicking in a similar manner to the Blue Jackets and their timing couldn't be better. One comment read, at least he didn't choke like Tampa.

This is of course all speculation for now and only time will tell how the current situation within the Blue Jackets pans out. Anthony Cirelli has 5 points over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.

Josh Anderson leads the Blue Jackets with a plus-25 in 82 games played this season. That's an incredible feather in the cap of not just the blueliners who matched up against the Lightning's best, but all of the Blue Jackets who skated against a true powerhouse trio. And how did Columbus go about nullifying Tampa Bay's league-best power play?

"In those years that we won we were a team, we were a very tight-knit team", he said.

Both the teams that lose and win in their four game sets have begun to form an interesting pattern. Sure. But you're getting +400 to side with Tampa Bay not having a drastic slide. The proper attention paid to the Blue Jackets will come when it's required, but still, there could be a clearer path with the Lightning, the heavy Cup favourites a week ago, out of the way. Inexplicably, Nikita Kucherov has been non-existent in the postseason. Columbus can take today, even tomorrow, to bask in what is surely the incredibly bright afterglow of knocking off a team against whom many gave them no chance. There's nothing to do now but to look ahead to next season.

Just how big of a win was this for Columbus?

Of course, winning the Presidents' Trophy does not guarantee the Stanley Cup, ever.

  • Angelo Rivera