SportsPulse: The Tampa Bay Lighting has just completed one of the worst fall in sports history. USA Today's Trysta Krick places downfall and insight by looking at the worst in other sports.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Blue Jackets throws Tampa Bay Lighting 7-3 to complete what is arguably the most unlikely first round of the playoff to upset the modern NHL history.

The 18th season of the NHL jackets and the franchise did not win a playoff series before fixing the Lightning's favorite Lightning Cup, tied to an NHL regular season record with 62 wins, in the finest seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal. [19659005] Lightning won the President & # 39; Trophy as NHL & # 39; s No. 1 team. This is the first time that a winner of the Trophy President has been swept in the first round.

Since 1987, the lower seed has gained 37.5% of the time in the opening round of the NHL. But the little ones have seen this little. Lightning is the best offensive league team and the Blue Jackets have outscored them in 19-8 in the series.

Lightning is the NHL's top penalty-killing team this season and the Blue Jackets are ranked 28th in power play. But the Blue Jackets encountered a 5-for-10 male advantage.

Meanwhile, the league that lost to Tampa Bay's league only scored a goal against the Blue Jackets.

Seth Jones celebrates the goal of Blue Jackets with teammates at Game 4.

Lightning can be likened to 1970-71 Boston Bruins (Montreal Canadiens dropped to Ken Dryden on goal) or in 1981-82 Edmonton Oilers (taken by Los Angeles Kings the season Wayne Gretzky registered 92 goals and 212 points). But the Bruins and Oilers series both went in distance.

It is analogous to the 2002-03 Detroit Red Wings that have been swept by Jean-Sebastien Giguere to lead the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. However, Ducks are a No 7 seed and Red Wings is not the winner of the President of the Trophy. Additionally, the Wings won the Stanley Cup before the season – where this core group with Lightning has not yet been made.

The reasons why the Blue Jackets have won this series: unremitting look, tight defensive, and strong goaltending. Sergei Bobrovsky had a .940 save percentage coming from Game 4 and stopped at 30 of 33 in the end.

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Lightning was lost because their top players did not last until Game 4. Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point and Tyler Johnson were only combined for two goals in four games. That foursome got 156 goals in the regular season. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy is not at his best. Defenseman Victor Hedman was injured. Lightning is not the same team we've seen throughout the season.

At Game 4, the Blue Jackets took the game first with Alexandre Texier and Pierre-Luc Dubois who were early goals. The opening four minutes is like a series microcosm. The Blue Jackets played with a swagger and the Lightning, a team that should have one, does not.

Blue Jackets never stop pushing. Even though Lightning rallied to tie the game 3-3 late in the second round, the Blue Jackets were ahead of 54 seconds later with Oliver Bjorkstrand's goal. They survived the third-round Lightning trick and busted three empty net goals to seal it.

Moving for the first time, the Blue Jackets will play the winner of the series between Bruins and Maple Leafs. Lightning, following a historic regular season, was the first team to be eliminated.


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