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Blue Jackets up 2-0, set to host Tampa Bay in Game 3 of NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 1st Round

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS GAME NOTES

 

THE LAST GAME: Apr. 12, 2019 – CBJ (5) at TBL (1) CBJ Goal Scorers: Atkinson, PP – Werenski, PP – Duchene, Nash, Panarin TBL Goal Scorers: Sergachev Goalies: CBJ – Bobrovsky (23/24, 60:00) TBL – Vasilevskiy (22/27, 59:59) CBJ PP: 2/4; PK: 2/2 | Shots: CBJ: 27 / TBL: 24 3 Stars: 1. Duchene, CBJ; 2. Werenski, CBJ; 3. Nash, CBJ Noteworthy: CBJ have a 2-0 series lead for 2nd-straight playoffs… CBJ scored twice in 1st and 3rd periods… CBJ’s 2 PPGs are tied for the most in a single postseason contest…Duchene scored his 1st career playoff goal and added 3 assists, setting franchise records in assists and points in a playoff game… Atkinson scored his 6th career playoff goal, tied for the most in club history… Werenski notched CBJ’s 1st playoff Gordie Howe hat trick (goal, assist, fight).

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT (Reg. Season/Postseason) Murray (upper body); placed on Injured Reserve on 2/22; week-to-week (26 games) McQuaid (upper body) day-to-day (7 games) TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 92

RECENT TRANSACTIONS Apr. 11 Assigned Clendening to Cleveland (AHL) Apr. 12 Recalled Clendening from Cleveland (AHL) Apr. 13 Signed Gavrikov to two-year entry level contract

UPCOMING PLAYOFF GAMES Apr. 16 vs. TBL (Game 4) | Apr. 19 at TBL (Game 5)* | Apr. 21 at TBL (Game 6)* * If necessary

AGAINST THE LIGHTNING ALL-TIME REGULAR SEASON 2018-19 Series: 0-3-0 (0-2-0 at TBL) 2017-18 Series: 0-2-1 (0-0-1 at TBL) All-Time Series: 10-17-1-3 (4-9-0-3 at TBL) All-Time GF/GA: 62/89 All-Time SF/SA: 907/883 All-Time PP: 15-of-113 All-Time PK: 87-of-110

AGAINST THE LIGHTNING ALL-TIME POSTSEASON 2018-19 Series: 2-0 (0-0 vs. TBL) All-Time Series: 2-0 (0-0 vs. TBL) All-Time GF/GA: 9/4

CBJ/TBL CONNECTIONS CBJ: Tortorella led club to 2004 Stanley Cup and made playoffs in 4-of-7 campaigns from 2000-08 (239-222-74)… Shaw served as assistant coach (1999-00)… // TBL: Richards went 127-112-21 from 2012-15 as head coach… Stralman had 7-45-52 in 124 games (2009-11). NOTED (Player/Coach Highlights vs. TBL) Tortorella coached his 1,100th career NHL game on 10/18/17 vs. TBL… Korpisalo made NHL debut on 12/14/15 vs. TBL… Savard scored his 1st career playoff goal on 4/10/19 at TBL.

NOTED (Team Highlights vs. TBL) CBJ snapped a 6-game losing streak to TBL with Wednesday’s win… Winning team has scored 3+ goals in 17 of past 19 contests of series (regular season/postseason)… Neither team has recorded a hat trick… Most goals scored vs. TBL: 5 (2x, MR: 11/29/16)… Most goals allowed vs. TBL: 7 (11/8/14).

BLUE JACKETS NOTES CBJ’S 2-0 START The Blue Jackets took a 2-0 series lead for the second-straight playoffs with the 5-1 victory over the Lightning on Friday. It was the first time the Jackets won a postseason contest by more than one goal. Columbus has outscored Tampa 9-4 in the first two games of the series as nine different Jackets have found the back of the net. The Blue Jackets became the fourth team in NHL history to take a 2-0 series lead in the opening round against the Presidents’ Trophy winner (since 1985-86).

Year Team PT Team Series Result 2002 VAN DET* 4-2 DET W 2009 ANA SJS 4-2 ANA W 2012 LAK* VAN 4-1 LAK W 2019 CBJ TBL * Won Stanley Cup

SPECIAL TEAMS CLUTCH The Jackets scored twice on the power play in Friday’s game (2-for-4), tying the franchise record for most power-play goals in a single playoff contest (6x, MR: 4/15/18 at WSH (5-4 OTW)). The club has scored on three of its six opportunities in the first two games of the series. The Jackets also stayed perfect on the penalty kill, killing off all five of the Jackets’ power-play chances (2-for-2 on Friday). In Wednesday’s game, the Jackets scored a power play goal and shorthanded tally in the win, marking the fourth time in franchise history that the Jackets scored one goal of each in a single playoff game. The three previous times were recorded in the 2014 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series vs. the Penguins (MR: Apr. 28, 2014).

ECQF BATTLE The Blue Jackets are facing the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the franchise’s thirdconsecutive playoff appearance and fifth all-time. It’s the first time Columbus is facing the Lightning in the postseason, who are making their second-straight playoff appearance and fifth in the last six seasons. The series shifts to Nationwide Arena for Games Three (tonight) and Four (Tuesday).

TOP JACKETS The Blue Jackets have been one of the best teams in the league over the past three seasons, ranking fourth in the league in wins since 2016-17 with 142 victories. They have or are facing three of the other teams in the top five in the playoffs, facing Tampa Bay (1st, 158), Washington (2nd, 153) and Pittsburgh (5th-T, 141). Boston ranks third with 143 victories. Columbus is one of just seven teams to earn a playoff berth in each of the past three seasons.

CBJ THIS SEASON Columbus won seven of its final eight games to finish the regular season at 47-31-4 (98 pts.), where its 47 wins and 98 points were the second-most in franchise history (50-24-8, 108 pts. in 2016-17). The Jackets finished the season on a high note, winning their last five road games, the longest road win streak of the season. The Jackets have recorded three-straight 45-win campaigns for the first time in franchise history. Their franchise-best 25 road wins were second-most in the NHL, behind only first-round opponent Tampa (30), and their 52 road points ranked second-T (TOR).

ON THE KILL… The Blue Jackets finished the season tied for the best penalty kill percentage in the NHL (85.0%, TBL and ARI) and allowed the fewest power-play goals to be scored (30). The Jackets killed off 86-of-94 opponent power plays (91.5 pct.) in the final 44 games of the campaign (since Dec. 31).

SUCCESS IN NET Sergei Bobrovsky went 37-24-1 with a 2.58 GAA, .913 SV% and nine shutouts in 62 games, leading the NHL in shutouts, ranking second in wins, fourth-T in games played and seventh in minutes (3,557). The two-time Vezina Trophy winner was 18-8-0 with a 2.01 GAA, .930 SV% and seven shutouts since Feb. 1.

CAREER YEARS Columbus’ trio of Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene and Cam Atkinson tallied career years in 2018-19. Panarin set single season franchise records in assists and points for the second-straight campaign with 28-59-87. Duchene set a new single-season career high in goals (30, 2015-16) and tied his career high in points (70, 2013-14) with 31-39-70. Atkinson, meanwhile, set single-season career bests with 41-28-69 and tied Rick Nash’s single-season club record in goals (2003-04). Josh Anderson (27-20-47) set career highs in all three categories and Oliver Bjorkstrand set a career high in goals (23).

MONSTER REPORT The AHL’s Cleveland Monsters currently sit fifth in the North Division with a 36-29-8-2 record (82 pts) after falling to the Charlotte Checkers 2-1 to Charlotte on Friday. Zac Dalpe (32-22-54), Mark Letestu (20-29-49) and Tommy Cross (7-27-34) lead the Monsters in scoring. The club, is tied with Belleville but trails in ROW for the final playoff spot in the division, has one game remaining in the regular season.

 

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING GAME NOTES

 

LAST GAME Lightning 1 vs. Columbus 5 Tampa Bay fell into an 0-2 hole in its best-of-seven First Round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets after losing 5-1 in Game 2 Friday at AMALIE Arena…The Lightning dropped to 10-5 all-time in Game 2s following a Game 1 loss and 15-9 all-time in Game 2s…Columbus netted the game’s first three goals, including scoring twice on the power play…Mikhail Sergachev netted the lone goal for the Lightning five minutes into the third period to cut Tampa Bay’s deficit to 3-1…Riley Nash scored at 9:06 of the third to re-establish Columbus’ three-goal lead, and Artemi Panarin added an insurance marker at 12:15 of the third…Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 22-of-27 shots in the loss…The Lightning have lost four-consecutive playoff games dating back to last season’s Eastern Conference Final. PP: TBL – 0-2 CBJ – 2-4 SOG: TBL – 24 CBJ – 27 Attendance: 19,092

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP The Lightning are searching for their first victory in the best-of-seven First Round series against Columbus tonight at Nationwide Arena…Tampa Bay is 3-1 in Game 3s when down 0-2 in a series…The Lightning are 1-3 in playoff series all-time when falling into an 0- 2 hole, their only series victory coming in the 2003 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals when they reeled off four-straight wins against the Washington Capitals after losing the opening two games at home…Mikhail Sergachev has recorded a point in every game of his career vs. CBJ (3-9–12 in 8 career games) and scored his first career NHL goals against the Blue Jackets, netting two on Oct. 19, 2017 at Columbus…J.T. Miller has tallied a point in three of his four games vs. CBJ this season (1-4–5)…Andrei Vasilevskiy has more career shutouts (3) vs. Columbus than he does against any other NHL team (Vasilevskiy is still looking for his first career playoff shutout).

TONIGHT’S STORYLINES Tampa Bay is 14-9 all-time in Games 3s…The Lightning are 8-5 all-time in Game 3s on the road, having won two-straight and three of their last four road Game 3s…The Bolts are 6-5 in Game 3s under head coach Jon Cooper…Tampa Bay owns an all-time playoff record of 73-62, including a 37-28 record in road playoff games…The Bolts have won five of their last six and 10 of their last 14 road playoff games…The Lightning are 36-29 in the postseason under head coach Jon Cooper…The Bolts enter Game 3 with 1,248 combined games of playoff experience on the roster; Dan Girardi has the most playoff experience (141 games) overall on the Lightning while Victor Hedman has played in the most playoff games (84) with Tampa Bay…The Lightning won the first Presidents’ Trophy in franchise history in 2018-19, requiring the second-fewest games all-time in the NHL to clinch the trophy (73 games), and finished as the top team in the Eastern Conference (and Atlantic Division) for the second-consecutive season…Tampa Bay’s 62 regular season wins were tied with the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings for the most in NHL history…The Lightning’s 128 regular season points were the fourth most all-time in the League…The Bolts finished the regular season with the NHL’s top power play at 28.2% (10th best all-time in League history) and best penalty kill at 85.02% to become just the second team in the League since 1977 (when the NHL began tracking the stat) to rank first in both special teams categories, joining 2015-16 Anaheim.

INJURIES 2018-19 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 119 2018-19 Playoff Man Games Lost: 2 Current injuries Anton Stralman (Lower Body; Day-to-Day) 3 Games (2 playoff games)

TRANSACTIONS April 11 – Re-assigned D Cameron Gaunce to AHL Syracuse April 8 – Re-assigned G Eddie Pasquale to AHL Syracuse

SERG-ING AHEAD Tampa Bay defenseman Mikhail Sergachev scored the Bolts’ lone goal in Game 2 vs. CBJ for his second-consecutive game with a point to start the First Round series (1-1–2)…Sergachev netted his third career playoff goal in 19 career playoff games…Sergachev ranks tied for second all-time among TBL defensemen for playoff goals.

TBL ALL-TIME DEFENSEMEN PLAYOFF GOAL LEADERS 1. Victor Hedman – 7 (84 GP) T-2. Mikhail Sergachev – 3 (19 GP) T-2. Jason Garrison – 3 (40 GP)

T-2. Dan Boyle – 3 (45 GP) T-2. Pavel Kubina – 3 (46 GP) T-2. Anton Stralman – 3 (49 GP) Sergachev can match his career high for consecutive games earning a postseason point by getting on the scoresheet in Game 3 at CBJ (3-straight games with a point from Game 5 in 1st Rd. series vs. NJD through Game 2 of Second Rd. series vs. BOS in 2018, tallying 2-1–3).

THE BIG CAT Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 22-of-27 shots in a loss in Game 2 at CBJ…Vasilevskiy has lost his last four playoff starts dating back to the 2018 playoffs, the longest postseason losing skid of his career…Vasilevskiy is 5-6 in the playoffs in games following a loss (in decisions)…Vasilevskiy is 13-1-1 with four shutouts in games following a losing start in 2018-19 (reg. season and playoffs)…Vasilevskiy went 39-10-4 in 2018-19 to finish with the most wins among NHL goalies for the second-consecutive season (T1st w/ WPG’s Hellebuyck in 2017-18 w/ 44 wins)…Vasilevskiy’s 39 wins in 2018-19 were the third most in a single season in TBL history…Over the last two seasons, no NHL goalie has as many wins as Vasilevskiy in regular season and playoff games combined.

NHL WINS LEADERS SINCE 2017-18 (REG. SEASON & PLAYOFFS) 1. Andrei Vasilevskiy (TBL) – 94 2. Connor Hellebuyck (WPG) – 87 3. Braden Holtby (WSH) – 84 POINTING THE WAY Lightning center Brayden Point established career highs for goals (41), assists (51) and points (92) in 2018-19…Point led the NHL for power-play goals (20) in the regular season and scored the second-most power-play goals in TBL history for a single season (most: Steven Stamkos – 24 PPGs in 2009-10)…Point finished second in the NHL regular season for shooting percentage (21.5%), trailing only Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl (21.6%)…Over the last two regular seasons combined, Point leads the NHL for shooting percentage (17.9%) for players with 400 or more shots.

STAMMER TIME Bolts captain Steven Stamkos set a career high for scoring in a season after netting a goal in the regular season finale April 6 at BOS for his 98th point, passing the 97 points he put up in 2011-12…Stamkos scored 45 goals during the regular season (tied for the third most in his career) to finish fourth in the NHL for goals…Stamkos’ 45 goals were tied for the fourth most in a single season by a Lightning player…Stamkos set the franchise record for most career goals, passing Vincent Lecavalier (383 goals) on March 18 vs. ARI…Stamkos currently has 393 career goals and 415 goals including playoffs…Since entering the league in 2008-09, Stamkos ranks second in the NHL for goals in the regular season and playoffs combined.

NHL GOAL LEADERS SINCE 2008-09 (REG. SEASON & PLAYOFFS) 1. Alex Ovechkin (WSH) – 553 2. Steven Stamkos (TBL) – 414 3. Sidney Crosby (PIT) – 404 4. Patrick Kane (CHI) – 385 5. Evgeni Malkin (PIT) – 364

HED OF THE CLASS Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman paces the Lightning and ranks 22nd in the NHL for average time on ice (23:14) during the playoffs…Hedman led the Bolts for average time on ice during the regular season (22:46) for the sixth-consecutive season…The 2018 Norris Trophy winner paced all TBL defensemen for goals (12), assists (42) and scoring (54 pts.) in the regular season…Since the start of the 2015 playoffs, Hedman ranks second among NHL defensemen for postseason scoring.

NHL DEFENSEMEN PLAYOFF SCORING LEADERS SINCE 2015 1. John Carlson (WSH) – 45 pts. 2. Victor Hedman (TBL) – 39 pts. 3. Brent Burns (SJS) – 36 pts.

MILESTONES Tyler Johnson (7 playoff GWGs) needs one playoff game-winning goal to tie Martin St. Louis for most in TBL history Anton Stralman needs one game to reach 50 career playoff games Steven Stamkos (29 career playoff assists) needs one playoff assist to pass Brad Richards for fourth-most playoff assists in TBL history Steven Stamkos (51 career playoff points) needs one playoff point to tie Vincent Lecavalier for third-most playoff points in TBL history Andrei Vasilevskiy (823 career playoff saves) needs eight saves to tie Nikolai Khabibulin for second-most playoff saves in TBL history Victor Hedman (3 career playoff PPGs) needs one power-play goal to pass Pavel Kubina for the most playoff power-play goals by a defenseman in TBL history NOTEWORTHY Lightning defensemen combined for 207 points during the regular season, setting a franchise record (Bolts blueliners accounted for five of Tampa Bay’s 10 playoffs points through Game 2)…Tampa Bay is 18-2-1 this season (reg. season & playoffs) in games following a loss…The Lightning have yet to lose three-straight games this season.