Published: Вс, Апреля 14, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Darrell Davis: NHL playoff format is just fine

Darrell Davis: NHL playoff format is just fine

Seth Jones' power-play goal late in the third period capped a thrilling rally, as the Columbus Blue Jackets erased a three-goal deficit and stunned the host Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Wednesday in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In NHL 19, the sport returns to the ponds where players can compete under a unified progression hub called World of CHEL that unites EA Sports Hockey League, NHL THREES Drop In and two new modes, NHL ONES and Pro-Am. The two teams will be looking to repeat and avenge last season's second round, when the surging Knights knocked off the Sharks in six games in their first season. Then Andrew Mangiapane scored one of the Flames' goals in Calgary's series-opening 4-0 win over Colorado.

San Jose, which was blown out 7-0 in Game 1 of its six-game, second-round playoff loss to the Golden Knights last season, took a 1-0 lead in the first period on a power-play goal by Pavelski.

The Lightning are 6-1 in their last seven Friday games. The Presidents' Trophy probably should mean more because being the best team over an 82 game span is a hard task, but nobody makes their goal to win the Presidents' Trophy. Columbus will now look to keep it rolling, but they have to be careful as the Bolts will come out with all they got in this one. Josh Anderson leads Columbus with one goal, Artemi Panarin has one assist and David Savard has three shots on goal.

It will be a tall order for the Blue Jackets in this one. In his career, he has gone 6-12 with a 3.36 GAA in 18 playoff games. NY was 18th on the penalty kill this season (79.9%), while the Penguins finished 5th on the power play (24.6%).

Forget the Tampa Bay Lightning's 62-16-4 record en route to the President's Trophy. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging four goals per game and are scoring on 50 percent of their power play opportunities. They get the honor of facing the Lightning in round one after just squeaking in. Only missed maybe a shift at the end of the period and played the rest of the game.

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The Lightning jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first period and played like the best team in the least for the first 20 minutes.

We knew that the team finishing in eighth would have to play Tampa Bay in the first round, and we all knew that they would get destroyed.

"We can't get comfortable", Jones said. We know what we're capable of doing.

Predators defensemen Roman Josi and P.K. Subban each scored goals, and Pekka Rinne stopped 26 shots.

Pittsburgh outshot NY 17-12 in the first period, but the Islanders led 2-1 after 20 minutes. Going down 0-2 and heading to Columbus would put the Lightning on serious alert of losing this series. Binnington went 15-11 while recording a.929 Save Percentage in the playoffs, finishing the playoffs with the best Save Percentage among all netminders in the postseason. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing four goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. I do believe that he can step his game up and be elite, and that starts with the Capitals playing better team defence. The Lightning did score three goals in the first in game one and I can see them getting out to a nice lead early on in this one, but they won't take their foot off the gas. Vegas only managed 10 shots on goal through the first two periods last game, and that won't cut it against the Sharks.

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