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Analysis: NHL playoffs open with upset-filled first round

Apr. 25, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

Barry Trotz knows better than most the razor-thin difference between agony and jubilation. A year ago, his Washington Capitals were down 2-0 in their first-round series against Columbus and tied late in the third period of Game 3 when Blue Jackets winger Artemi Panarin's shot clanked off the post. Had it gone in,...

Bruins and Blue Jackets ready for 1st playoff matchup

Apr. 24, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins have home-ice advantage through a potential trip to the Stanley Cup Final, and they have the Columbus Blue Jackets to thank for it. They'll get a chance to show their gratitude in the TD Garden on Thursday night. The Bruins host Columbus in Game 1 of the second round...

Held at bay, Gaudreau hopes to ignite Flames in Game 5

Apr. 19, 2019 3:20 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Summoning Johnny Hockey! His scoring prowess is required ASAP. After a 99-point regular season, Calgary All-Star forward Johnny Gaudreau has been held to a single assist and just 12 shots against Colorado. It is a big reason why the top-seeded Flames trail the Avalanche 3-1 in a first-round...

Penguins and Lightning exits show playoff hockey differences

Apr. 18, 2019 10:33 PM EDT

Scotty Bowman had already coached six teams to the Stanley Cup championship when his high-powered Detroit Red Wings that won 12 of their first 14 playoff games couldn't get the puck away from the New Jersey Devils and got swept in the 1995 final. "They just shut us right down," Bowman said. "We were shocked, but...

Lightning GM BriseBois not overreacting to playoff loss

Apr. 18, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay general manager Julien BriseBois said Thursday he is not going to overreact to the Lightning's historically quick postseason exit and he still has confidence in coach Jon Cooper. After tying the NHL record for wins during the regular season, the perennial Stanley Cup contender...

Blue Jackets advance after sweep of mighty Lightning

Apr. 17, 2019 2:51 AM EDT

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. The Blue Jackets' goaltender stood tall, as he had the entire playoff...

Sweep! NHL-best Lightning ousted in record speed by Columbus

Apr. 16, 2019 11:43 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sullen and speechless, the Tampa Bay Lightning had little explanation for how they followed up a glorious regular season by getting bounced from the playoffs with record-setting haste. The Columbus Blue Jackets capped a stunning sweep of the Presidents' Trophy winners with a 7-3...

Lightning, Penguins look to avoid surprising sweeps

Apr. 15, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

The Tampa Bay Lightning carved out their own slice of NHL history during a dominant regular season in which they tied the league record for most victories. A fourth straight loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday, and the Lightning will have a chapter of NHL lore all to themselves. And not the good kind. No...

Blue Jackets beat Lightning 3-1, lead playoff series 3-0

Apr. 15, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets extended their postseason mastery of the Tampa Bay Lightning, beating the NHL's best team 3-1 on Sunday night and moving to within a game of sweeping the playoff series. Matt Duchene, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Cam Atkinson scored, and Sergei Bobrovsky fended off...

Blue Jackets move to the brink of sweeping Lightning

Apr. 14, 2019 11:35 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky has the Columbus Blue Jackets on the brink of sweeping a playoff series that hardly anyone thought they could win. The Russian goalie shut the door when the Tampa Bay Lightning made a desperate late surge on Sunday night, preserving a 3-1 win and giving Columbus a 3-0...