Skip to main content
playoffs

Top two NHL teams out in first round of playoffs for first time

Flames eliminated by Avalanche after Lightning swept by Blue Jackets

NHL.com @NHLdotcom

The top two teams entering the Stanley Cup Playoffs have been eliminated in the first round for the first time since the NHL expansion of 1967-68.

View More
NHL Insider

Lightning eliminated from playoffs after playmaking disappears

Special teams struggles, Kucherov suspension help lead to ouster by Blue Jackets

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The Tampa Bay Lightning became the first team to win the Presidents' Trophy and get swept in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the same season.

View More
playoffs

Lightning seek answers after being swept by Blue Jackets in first round

Stunned by struggles following historic 62-win season

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

COLUMBUS -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are going home lamenting a historic collapse 10 days after celebrating a record-tying accomplishment.

View More
game recap

Blue Jackets sweep Lightning in Game 4 for first playoff series victory

Eliminate Presidents' Trophy winners; Dubois has goal, two assists

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent

Dubois buries carom off boards

TBL@CBJ, Gm4: Dubois backhands puck past Vasilevskiy

R1, Gm4: Pierre-Luc Dubois backhands a carom off the end boards into the net to give the Blue Jackets an early 2-0 lead

  • 00:55 •

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets won a Stanley Cup Playoff series for the first time by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.

View More
game preview

5 Keys: Lightning at Blue Jackets, Game 4

Columbus eyes historic sweep; Kucherov, Stamkos, Point must deliver for Tampa Bay

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

LIGHTNING at BLUE JACKETS

7 p.m. ET: CNBC, SN360, TVAS, FS-O, SUN

Columbus leads best-of-7 series 3-0

View More
FIRST ROUND

Hedman won't play Game 4 for Lightning against Blue Jackets

Undisclosed injury to sideline defenseman second straight game with Tampa Bay facing elimination

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

COLUMBUS -- Victor Hedman will not be available for the Tampa Bay Lightning's first true must-win game of the NHL season.

View More
FIRST ROUND

Lightning must find another level in Game 4 against Blue Jackets

Presidents' Trophy winners aim to avoid sweep, not lacking confidence

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

COLUMBUS -- What has happened to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first week of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is stunning.

View More
playoffs

Lightning facing must-win Game 4 against Blue Jackets

Would become first team to earn Presidents' Trophy, be swept in first round with loss

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

COLUMBUS -- The Tampa Bay Lightning's historic season has come down to a must-win Game 4 in the Eastern Conference First Round. Lose it, and they'll forever remember what went wrong against the Columbus Blue Jackets instead of what went right for 62 wins in the regular season.

View More
news

Hedman misses Game 3 for Lightning against Blue Jackets with injury

Defenseman did not play final four games of regular season before returning for playoffs

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

COLUMBUS -- Victor Hedman did not play for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 3-1 loss to Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round on Sunday because of an undisclosed injury.

View More
game recap

Blue Jackets near sweep after holding off Lightning in Game 3

Bobrovsky makes 30 saves; Tampa Bay was without suspended Kucherov, injured Hedman

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent

Duchene backhands in rebound

TBL@CBJ, Gm3: Duchene roofs backhander on rebound

R1, Gm3: Matt Duchene flips a rebound on the backhand past Andrei Vasilevskiy to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead early in the 2nd

  • 00:51 •

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets moved within one win of a sweep after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Nationwide Arena on Sunday. 

View More

The NHL uses cookies, web beacons, and other similar technologies. By using NHL websites or other online services, you consent to the practices described in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, including our Cookie Policy.