Lightning send apology to fans after sweep

Lightning send apology to fans after sweep

Blue Jackets: 9-1-0, averaging 3.7 goals, 5.3 assists, 1.4 penalties and 3.1 penalty minutes while giving up 2.1 goals per game with a.923 save percentage.

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.

But as the regular season ended and the irregular loffs began, the Bolts found themselves outmatched by the eighth-seeded Columbus Blue Jackets. And not the good kind.

Eberle was one of the driving forces behind the Islanders' stunning four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins that concluded with a 3-1 win on Tuesday night at PPG Paints Arena.

Yet Tampa Bay finds itself three periods away from an unprecedented postseason exit heading into Game 4 (7 p.m. CNBC).

"He's not insane how I've talked about some of the situations he's gone through, but it's my job to hold people accountable, " Tortorella said. "It seems like the guys had fun in the last game in the third period and some chances and we're just going to build on that".

For the second straight year the New York Rangers failed to reach the postseason, but there are still plenty of playoff connections to keep a keen eye on. The Lightning are the first team ever in the expansion era to get swept in the first round after leading the league in points. "It's amusing: We're expected to go far this year, and we go nowhere". "You want to do it and you feel honored".

The 2000 St. Louis Blues pushed their series to seven games against the San Jose Sharks after winning the Presidents' Trophy, but were undone by their goaltender, Roman Turek, falling apart. It was a weird game for this series as it featured a lot more scoring chances than the first two games.

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"There are plays to be made out there that I think we left on the table", coach Jon Cooper said. "We just scored every time we went down the ice".

It's much the same in Pittsburgh. The Lightning scored once on just six power-play opportunities in this series; the Blue Jackets, meanwhile, were a stellar 5-for-10 with the man advantage.

"It can't be a surprise", said Lehner, who has stopped 103 of the 108 shots he's faced so far. "I have never played in front of a crowd like that. It shouldn't be a surprise".

The New York Rangers will be hoping that's not the case. Or any for that matter.

The game was scoreless through the opening 20 minutes before Matt Duchene gave the Blue Jackets the lead 1:44 into the 2nd period. In fact, their 3-1 triumph in Game 3 marked the first time they've won as many as three games in a playoff series. But just when it looked like Tampa Bay was truly back in the game with two straight goals to even things up in the second period, Oliver Bjorkstrand reestablished Columbus's lead to give it the edge heading into the final intermission.

He knows more than anyone that if the Penguins can't get it together, summer is coming earlier than anyone expected. The Islanders managed a feat of their own, sweeping a playoff series for the first time since 1983.

Fellow defenceman Anton Stralman (lower-body injury) is also out while forward Alex Killorn (undisclosed) is a game-time decision.

"Nothing was our way in the series", he said. "We're getting close to our game and it's pretty risky". "Nobody said it was going to be easy", he said. The play resulted in a one-game suspension in Game 3 for Kucherov. The UNDER is 6-2 in the Penguins' last eight games. The team account tweeted after the game, "This isn't the ending we imagined, and certainly not the one we wanted".

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