Monday night's insanity of Cale Makar's first NHL goal, the Carolina Hurricanes shutting out the Caps, and the Toronto Maple Leafs holding on to take a 2-1 series lead is hard to top. But Tuesday provided two sweeps, a shutout, and an overtime that tied a series.
Here's everything you need to know about Tuesday's games from around he league.
Columbus Blue Jackets sweep Presidents Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning with 7-3 win
The Columbus Blue Jackets went all-in at the trade deadline and it paid off. The Blue Jackets pulled off one of the biggest upsets in NHL playoff history, and the Vegas oddsmakers had them at 40/1 to win the Stanley Cup.
The Stanley Cup favorite Tampa Bay Lightning have been swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets. @DKSportsbook offered 40 to 1 odds at the beginning of the series of this happening. Not a single bettor thought it was worth even a penny.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 17, 2019
The Blue Jackets wasted no time pulling ahead, with two quick goals from Alexandre Texier and Pierre Luc-Dubois.
Tampa battled back with goals from Steven Stamkos, Cedric Pauquette, and Brayden Point to tie the game at three after Cam Atkinson gave Columbus another lead. But Oliver Bjorkstrand's power play goal was the difference maker.
BACK IN FRONT! pic.twitter.com/PdKvBMttIe— x-Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) April 17, 2019
The Jackets added insurance goals from Artemi Panarin, Texier, and Matt Duchene for their first playoff series win in franchise history.
New York Islanders eliminate Pittsburgh Penguins in 3-1 win
The Islanders would get the series sweep, but the Penguins wouldn't go down without a fight.
Jake Guentzel scored the opening goal 35 seconds into the game.
But the Isles stormed back, and Jordan Eberle scored the tying goal just a minute and a half later, while Brock Nelson gave New York the lead at the end of the first period.
The Penguins couldn't solve Robin Lehner, and the Isles completed the sweep. It's their first playoff series win since the 2015-16 season and first sweep since the 1982-83 season when they won the Stanley Cup.
Kyle Connor wins it for the Winnipeg Jets in overtime 2-1
St. Louis Blue rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington had never lost back-to-back games, but the Jets have finally figured Binnington out.
After a scoreless first and second period, the Blues capitalized on a power play when Vladimir Tarasenko roofed it.
The Jets responded when Mark Scheifele redirected a Kyle Connor pass to the slot.
Connor got the winner off a mad scramble in front six minutes into the overtime period.
Neither the Blues nor the Jets have won on home ice and the series is tied 2-2 heading back to Winnipeg.
Marc-Andre Fleury gets 5-0 shutout against San Jose Sharks
The Vegas Golden Knights took a 3-1 series lead with opening goals from Max Pacioretty and Shea Theodore undressing the San Jose Sharks defense.
coast ✌️ coast pic.twitter.com/IBIU8jTrIv— y-Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) April 17, 2019
The Sharks switched out goaltenders to start the second when Aaron Dell came in for Martin Jones, but Vegas would not be denied. Pacioretty scored his second, and Alex Tuch and Jonathan Marchessault added insurance goals.
take care, comb your hair 🙃 pic.twitter.com/K4JrnYsNXY— y-Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) April 17, 2019
The shutout is Marc-Andre Fleury's first of this series, and the Sharks must win on Thursday on home ice to stay alive.
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