Columbus Blue Jackets Win First Stanley Cup Playoff Series, Advance to Second Round
Ending an unlikely four-game sweep, the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 on Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena, and will advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This is the Jackets’ first-ever playoff series win in its 18th season with the National Hockey League.
The Jackets were up against the Lightning, the early championship favorite and President’s Trophy winner who had just tied the record for most wins in NHL history. The Jackets are only the fourth team to sweep a No. 1 seed, and the first to do so in the first round, which says a lot for a team who got their playoff spot at close to the last minute.
More random facts: The Blue Jackets are the 10th team in NHL history to win a playoff series against a team that posted 30 or more points than them in the regular season. That hasn’t been done since 2010.
The Blue Jackets will face either the Boston Bruins or Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round. The winner of that series could be decided as early as Sunday, April 21.
Keep up to date with the Blue Jackets during the Stanley Cup Playoffs at nhl.com/bluejackets.