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

Flames eliminated by Avalanche after Lightning swept by Blue Jackets @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.

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Weekes on the Web

Friday Four: Blue Jackets proving doubters wrong

NHL Network's Weekes also discusses Islanders, Hurricanes, Avalanche

by Kevin Weekes @KevinWeekes / NHL Network Analyst

Each Friday throughout the season Kevin Weekes will bring you his Friday Four. He will be blogging about four players, teams, plays, or trends that have caught his eye.

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Coaches Room

Blue Jackets sweep of Lightning first step on deep playoff run

Murphy says physical, aggressive approach will carry Columbus past second round

by Gord Murphy / Special to

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs by one of four former NHL coaches and assistants who will turn their critical gaze to the game and explain it through the lens of a teacher. Gord Murphy, David Marcoux, Paul MacLean and Don Nachbaur will take turns providing insight.

In this edition, Murphy, a former assistant with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers and Philadelphia Flyers, breaks down how the Blue Jackets swept the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round.

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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 / 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.

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Blue Jackets advance in playoffs behind clutch play, Bobrovsky

Special teams, scoring depth, Duchene power stunning first-round sweep of Lightning

by Craig Merz / Correspondent

The Columbus Blue Jackets advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since they joined the NHL in 2000-01.

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Blue Jackets' win in Game 4, sweep of Lightning thrills Tortorella

Coach 'couldn't be happier' for players, fans after Columbus' first playoff series victory

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

COLUMBUS -- John Tortorella took it all in as streamers fell from the rafters and fans inside Nationwide Arena celebrated the Columbus Blue Jackets' first playoff series victory in their history.

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Blue Jackets' decisions at NHL Trade Deadline led to playoff success

Players acquired, kept came together to win first series, sweep Lightning

by Craig Merz / Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- It was apropos that the three empty-net goals by the Columbus Blue Jackets in their 7-3 win to sweep the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference First Round at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday were scored by Artemi Panarin, Alexandre Texier and Matt Duchene.

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

Stunned by struggles following historic 62-win season

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Staff Writer

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

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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 / 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

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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.

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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 / Senior Writer


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

Columbus leads best-of-7 series 3-0

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