Blue Jackets stun Lightning with 3rd-period comeback

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It's so special. He is so good, it is just such a pleasure to watch him play and to be on his team. NY was 18th on the penalty kill this season (79.9%), while the Penguins finished 5th on the power play (24.6%). Players can also play in any World of CHEL mode to progress their online Create-A-Character, unlock rewards, and customize their look and their playstyle.

"We've had a couple of those where they score the winning goal in the last two minutes", forward Patrik Laine said.

For all the value of postseason experience, youth is off to a nice start in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

According to oddsmakers, the Lightning are a -265 favorite on the moneyline.

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 1 of the teams' first-round Eastern Conference playoff series Wednesday night.

The Columbus Blue Jackets were hot down the stretch of the regular season and they rode that momentum to steal a 1-0 lead in this series. How far will Colorado go in the Stanley Cup Playoffs? So you stand in there, and you don't take a [expletive] backward step, not for a [expletive] second. I think that's definitely a crucial part of it too, retrieving pucks and getting back and supporting one another, because you've got to find the 2-on-1 somewhere. The Blues continued their dominant play in the playoffs, setting themselves up with a date in the Final against the aforementioned Lightning.

Also coming out of the East with high expectations are the Washington Capitals, last year's Stanley Cup champions, who knocked off the Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals on the road to their first hoisting of Lord Stanley's fabled cup. Lead by Nathan MacKinnon's 99 points and 41 goals alongside 22-year-old Mikko Rantanen's 31 goals and 56 assists and you can see why this offense is no joke. At Amalie Arena, the winningest hockey team since the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings prepared to erase the memory of a sterling regular season (62 wins, 128 points) and begin a second season that could go on for two-and-a-half more months.

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This is the time of year that for us bloggers the teams we cover are the ones we understand best. This surge came on the back of rookie goalie Jordan Binnington, who came into the league on January 7 and went on to record a 23-5-1 record. Vegas may be looking at a quick exit in this year's playoffs if they don't right the ship in tonight's game.

The Flames have an outstanding roster and have better skaters than the Avalanche. Columbus D Adam McQuaid (upper-body injury) didn't play.

Against the spread: It pays just -300 to back the Blues at +1.5. Let's take a look at which teams should make it to the next round.

Pittsburgh outshot NY 17-12 in the first period, but the Islanders led 2-1 after 20 minutes. Seemingly everyone is day-to-day or a game-time decision. Pavelski was credited with the first goal of the game on Wednesday night, but the three-time All-Star didn't even need his stick to do it.

The Columbus Blue Jackets rebounded from a dismal start to stun the team that had the NHL's best regular-season record. Players can compete as Hero Teams that combine squads of superstars from the past and present for an ultimate fantasy matchup.

Being the best players is your job. They also allowed just 28.6 SA/GP, good for third fewest in the league. He's become one of the best second-half goalies in the National Hockey League. McDonagh, the consummate pro, has steadied the back line.

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