Published: Fri, April 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Lightning drop opening Playoff Game - ESPN 98.1 FM

Lightning drop opening Playoff Game - ESPN 98.1 FM

Home ice advantage continued to play a major role for the Vegas Golden Knights as they did not drop a game at T-Mobile Arena for the first two rounds against the San Jose Sharks or Colorado Avalanche. As the postseason brings out the best in every team, it'll be interesting to see if the ceiling of the rest of the Eastern Conference can surpass that of Tampa Bay. Columbus took game one by a score of 4-3 to take a 1-0 series lead. The move did not pay off as the Blue Jackets fell to the Lightning in six games and will likely result in a very different looking team at the start of next season. Columbus won seven of its last 8 games to sneak into the playoffs during the last weekend of the season. They won the President's trophy for most points in the league, and the fourth most in a season in league history. Columbus will now look to keep it rolling, but they have to be careful as the Bolts will come out with all they got in this one.

Nick Foligno cut the deficit to two goals in the second period after scoring on a breakaway when Josh Anderson forced a turnover. I think this matchup will be the closest, but I have to go with the Bruins in seven.

Vegas struggled to generate much of anything, putting just 10 shots on goal in the first two periods before applying more pressure in the third when it was too late to help. Bobrovsky was 37-25 with a 2.58 GAA on the year overall, including 19-11 with a 2.43 GAA out on the road. - Tortorella before the game on the unpredictability of playoff hockey.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have a chance to be the surprise of the playoffs by snagging a 2-0 series lead on the clear favorites to win the Stanley Cup. They were unbelievable at home and they were 3-0 against the Blue Jackets during the regular season, outscoring them 17-3 in the process. Sure, anything can happen in the playoffs, but the Lightning are the best-built team with literally no weaknesses. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are two of the best players on the planet, and it will be key for the Islanders to shut them down.

The Lightning jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first period and played like the best team in the league...at least for the first 20 minutes. We shall see. Scoring in the loss was Alex Killorn, which was his 19th of the year, Anthony Cirelli, which was his 20th, and Yanni Gourde, which was his 23rd. "He makes a huge difference for us, in our defensive and offensive game". We know what we're capable of doing.

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Predators defensemen Roman Josi and P.K. Subban each scored goals, and Pekka Rinne stopped 26 shots.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Tyler Bozak scored with 2:05 left in the third period to give the St. Louis Blues the victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference opening-round playoff series. He finished the season with a 2.39 GAA and a.917 SV%. In his career, he has gone 15-12 with a 2.73 GAA in the postseason. During the regular season, the Lightning ranked 1st in power play conversions at 28.2% and 1st in penalty kill at 85.0%.

"Stand face to face with them and take it right [expletive] to them".

Jordan Eberle had a goal and an assist, and Brock Nelson and Nick Leddy also scored for NY, which was opening a postseason series at home for the first time in 31 years. Tampa Bay will get another shot to even the score when they host Game 2 on Friday night.

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