However they’re, after a four-game sweep by the hands of the Blue Jackets, accomplished with a 6-Three loss in Columbus on Tuesday.
The blanking marks the primary postseason sequence win in Jackets’ franchise historical past, to not point out the primary time a Presidents’ Trophy-winning group discovered itself swept away within the opening spherical. It’s simply the 10th time in NHL historical past a group gained a playoff sequence towards a squad that completed at the very least 30 factors forward of them within the standings.
The Jackets raced out to an early 2-Zero lead with objectives earlier than the groups traded frenzied scored, with Oliver Bjorkstand’s late second-period tally giving Columbus a 4-Three lead. Aretmi Panarin and Matt Duchene added empty-net daggers with 1:53 and :09 left within the third to stitch up the scoring.
Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was electrical, making massive cease after massive cease, ending the night time with 30 saves to assist the Blue Jackets maintain off the late Tampa Bay push.
The Lightning, who completed the common season with a record-tying 62 wins and a league-best aim +103 differential have been outscored 17-Eight within the sequence.