The night was satisfying for Bobrovsky - he hasn't been great in the playoffs the last two seasons - and the Blue Jackets, who were 2-8 at Nationwide Arena in three previous postseason appearances. The Blue Jackets ousted a team that had put together one of the most prolific scoring lineups ever, a team whose 68 regular-season wins tied for the most in National Hockey League history.
The Blue Jackets, meanwhile, didn't clinch the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot until the 81st game.
The Blue Jackets had never won a playoff series prior to Tuesday.
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"What an experience in that series, " said center Matt Duchene, who was acquired at the trade deadline along with winger Ryan Dzingel from Ottawa for the playoff push. "The biggest thing about my game, and [Barzal], and [Lee] is you want to have the coach trust you, and I think Barry does now with the way we have played defensively and able to break the puck out and go down and score".
With Columbus clinging to a 4-3 lead in the third period, Tampa Bay had wrested the momentum from the Blue Jackets but still couldn't solve Bobrovsky. The Blue Jackets' final three goals came late in the period after the Lightning had pulled goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy for an extra skater. Kucherov had 41 goals and 87 assists for a total of 128 points, which earned him the Art Ross Trophy.
Cooper added Tuesday that Anton Stralman will also miss Game 4. He also has come under criticism at times from coach John Tortorella through an erratic season, but the former Vezina Trophy victor never withered.
The Golden Knights took a step toward knocking the Sharks out of the playoffs for the second straight year by rolling to a 6-3 win in Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead.
Columbus leads the series, 3-0, as the Lightning are in danger of becoming the first President's Trophy winners to get swept in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Kucherov was suspended for Game 3 of the series for an illegal check in Game 2.
It wasn't almost enough to stop the Islanders.
Moreover, as this ESPN graphic proves, teams that have had historic regular seasons often falter in the postseason.
Not only did Columbus win a playoff series for the first time in five tries, it did so in dominating fashion.
Bet on the game or on the Blue Jackets, Lightning to win the Stanley Cup at DraftKings and get a free $20 bet when you sign up. The game went into overtime and Connor came through again for Winnipeg, this time with Scheifele collecting his own rebound and dishing it to Connor, who pushed it in for the win.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored and Jordan Binnington made 37 saves for the Blues.
Three of those teams lost in six games, while two lost in seven games. The Lightning had the most effective power play since 1988-89 in the regular season, at 28.1 percent. Winnipeg responded a few minutes later when Kyle Connor found Mark Scheifele crashing the net with a flawless feed that Scheifele tipped past Jordan Binnington. Aaron Dell started in net for the second period, but Vegas didn't let up and Pacioretty scored his second of the game on the power play.
They may not have scored in every game, but they definitely showed they could be a risky trio that could spark the team's offense.
And finally, Carolina defeated the Capitals, 5-0, to claw back into that series.
The Lightning have been outscored 12-2 since taking an early 3-0 advantage in Game 1 and Pittsburgh has led for all of 3:17 through nine-plus periods against the Islanders.
The goal seemed to steady the Islanders, who settled in and kept it simple. After the first two periods San Jose had 15 shots on net from the slot, but Fleury's brilliance throughout the game was the difference.
The Lightning played from behind for most of the first two periods Tuesday.
The Sharks were without injured center Michael Haley and defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic.