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2019 NHL playoff preview Lightning vs. Blue Jackets

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos was searching for positives after witnessing his team fail to close out Game 1 of its first-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night.

Brent Burns, Evander Kane, Tomas Hertl and Marc-Edouard Vlasic each had goal and an assist, and Martin Jones finished with 24 saves to lead host San Jose to the victory over Vegas in Game 1 of a first-round Western Conference playoff series. The teams meet Friday for the fifth time this season.

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Joe Pavelski took a puck off his chin to score the opening goal and the San Jose Sharks raced past the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of their first-round series.

So before the Playoffs get underway, check out the final NHL Power Rankings of the regular season. "I'm not anxious about our team, how they handle things".

Jones' goal capped off the first comeback of three or more goals against Tampa Bay all season that included goals by Nick Foligno, David Savard and Josh Anderson.

There is a lot of love going around for the Carolina Hurricanes and I'm just not buying into it. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up three goals on 29 shots faced. After going 15-17-5 to start the season, they accumulated 62 points during the 2019 portion of their schedule, third most in the league, to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2009. In his career, he has gone 6-12 with a 3.36 GAA in 18 playoff games.

Washington closed at -150 in Game 1 and I'll be interested to see where the Game 2 line ends up. He took a slick pass from Artemi Panarin and roofed the power-play goal to complete a spree of four unanswered goals, three of which came in the third period.

Coming into the playoffs with the highest expectations has to be the Tampa Bay Lightning, who was head and shoulders above the competition in the regular season with 65 wins, the most since the 1995-1996 Detroit Red Wings, and 128 points. Sounds like game one should have been a cakewalk for the Lightning. New York, on the other hand, don't really have any big-name players, just a bunch of guys working hard for each other.

The Lightning, who won the Presidents' Trophy and tied an National Hockey League single-season record with 62 wins, led 3-0 after one period on goals by Alex Killorn, Anthony Cirelli and Yanni Gourde.

The Bolts will be hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets at Amalie Arena. 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. The over is 5-2 in Blue Jackets last 7 overall. He had a awful start to the season, but was able to turn it around and finish with a respectable 2.69 GAA and a.919 SV%. It was the first time this Lightning team lost a game after being ahead by three goals. Defensively though, Boston has a big advantage, only allowing 2.59 goals per game (third best) compared to the Maple Leafs 3.04 (20th).

The Blue Jackets were the sixth National Hockey League team to comeback from being down at least three goals to beat a No. 1 seed in a postseason game. Teammate Andrew Mangiapane, 23, also scored in his playoff debut and the West's top seed is off and running with Game 2 Saturday night in Calgary (10:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

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