Josh Anderson leads the Blue Jackets with a plus-25 in 82 games played this season. For the first time in league history, a team with the most points in the regular season failed to win a game in an opening-round, seven-game series.
"People expect us to do something special", Kucherov said. If nothing else, they are putting together a pretty convincing argument that they are worth keeping around and paying because of the way they have played alongside the team's new franchise player (Barzal). The Blue Jackets have never reached the second round in franchise history. "A very structured team over there, played to their systems, didn't waver and outplayed us for four games".
He went 13 games without scoring a goal, was limited to just two assists, and became the postseason scapegoat for a dysfunctional organization (Edmonton) that was on the brink of falling apart for reasons that were (and still are) far bigger than him. They were playing a team, however, that was short-handed the fewest times in the regular season.
Still, Lehner blanches at the idea that the Islanders - who have just one postseason series win since 1993 - are close to pulling off some kind of upset.
In Game 3, it was a picture flawless snipe from a awful angle that tied the game just one minute after the Penguins had taken an early lead. They built an 8-0 advantage in shots on goal as it took the Jets nearly 11 minutes to test Binnington, who came up with a couple of saves on a Winnipeg power play to keep the game scoreless. You have to give them some credit.
As the seconds ticked off what had turned into a rout because of empty-net goals, the Nationwide Arena crowd that had been standing for the entire third period roared even louder, and the players celebrated wildly, spilling from the bench onto the ice. "We just didn't have an answer". Max Pacioretty scored on the Golden Knights' first shot, 1:11 into the game and Shea Theodore capped the period with another goal when he split two defensemen and backhanded past Jones, the last shot he'd see. The Lightning is down 3-0 in the series and is just one game away from a First-Round exit in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. I don't know what we finished the season with, but it seemed like we scored every game. "That's the way we want to play".
"We can't get those games back at once", Crosby said.
"It's hard to win in this league".
"You come in and you're expected to provide something for the team", Duchene said. They knock at the door and knock at the door and then. you look at Washington, for example. They've won the Stanley Cup eight times in that same span and at least made the Finals 12 times. NY allowed the fewest goals in the league during the regular season, and then backed it up with 12-plus periods of sound hockey that's quickly become their calling card under Barry Trotz, who led the Washington Capitals to the Stanley Cup last season and now potentially awaits a rematch against his former team in the second round. "It's that clear. For six days in April, we couldn't find it", Cooper said.
Penguins defenceman Kris Letang whiffed while trying to pinch into the NY zone, creating a two-on-one the other way that Eberle finished to even it at 1 just 1:34 after Guentzel had put Pittsburgh in front.
As Stamkos added, "If you don't accomplish the goal of winning it all, it's a failure". Bobrosvky was fantastic, while Vasilevskiy simply wasn't as dominant as he had been in the regular season.