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Long-suffering Duchene gives Blue Jackets playoff punch

Apr. 20, 2019 3:17 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Matt Duchene is having a splendid time these days. It showed when he skated up to the glass to greet his wife, Ashley, and 3-month-old son Beau during warmups before the Columbus Blue Jackets won their third straight playoff game. Nothing but smiles and "aaaws," a sweet moment for mom...

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...

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...

Blue Jackets stun Lightning 5-1 to take 2-0 series lead

Apr. 13, 2019 1:36 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets are making a serious bid to knock the team with the best regular-season record out of the playoffs. Matt Duchene had a goal and three assists, Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves, and the Blue Jackets stunned the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Friday night to take a 2-0...

Lightning look to bounce back from Game 1 collapse

Apr. 12, 2019 9:50 AM EDT

The Tampa Bay Lightning faced little adversity in the regular season on the way to a record-tying 62 wins and the most points in a season in 23 years. That all changed as fast as the Lightning squandered a three-goal lead before losing 4-3 to the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of their first-round series...

Blue Jackets rally from 3-goal deficit to beat Lightning 4-3

Apr. 10, 2019 11:13 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets rebounded from a dismal start to stun the team that had the NHL's best regular-season record. Seth Jones scored the go-ahead goal on the power play to cap Columbus' three-goal third period, and the Blue Jackets rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in Game...

16 wins! And a number of other things for the NHL playoffs

Apr. 10, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Welcome back to the playoffs , New York Islanders. Same goes for you, St. Louis, Dallas, Carolina and Calgary. All five teams are returning to the postseason after at least one season off (or nine, for the Hurricanes). It's a familiar number: In 12 of the last 14 seasons, the playoff lineup...