NHL Playoffs Roundup: Big eliminations, Blue Jackets win series

Blue Jackets

The St. Louis Blues have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the third time in the past four seasons with a 3-2 home ice victory on Saturday night to complete a 4-2 series win over the Winnipeg Jets.

Blues will now play the winners of Nashville or Dallas in the next round.

The top two teams entering the Stanley Cup Playoffs have been eliminated in the first round for the first time since 1967/68.

The Calgary Flames, the top team in the Western Conference in the regular season, and the Tampa Bay Lightning, who led the Eastern Conference, were both knocked out in the opening round.

The Colorado Avalanche advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2008, with a five-game victory in the best of seven Western Conference first round against the Calgary Flames. Avalanche had to come from behind to win the series after losing the opener, but won the next four games, including a series clinching 5-1 win on Friday.

The reward for Colorado will be a series against either the San Jose Sharks or the Vegas Golden Knights. Vegas currently lead the series 3-2 with game six on Sunday.

The Columbus Blue Jackets won a Stanley Cup series for the first time ever by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.
The Blue Jackets are the first team to complete a cleans weep of a Presidents Trophy winner in the first round of the playoffs. The Lightning- who won an incredible 62 games in the regulation season- had no answer to the Blue Jackets. Columbus, who joined the NHL as an expansion team in 2000, are in the playoffs for the fifth time.

Pierre-Luc Dubois picked up a goal and two assists in the 7-3 win, with Alexandre Texier bagging a brace for the Blue Jackets who will now play either Boston Bruins or Toronto Maple Leafs.

The New York Islanders advanced to the Eastern Conference Second round with a 3-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday.

The win was sufficient enough for the Islanders to complete a clean sweep 4-0 against the Penguins.

The reward for the Islanders will be a match up against the winner of the series between the Washington Capitals or the Carolina Hurricanes.

Jordan Eberle continued his red hot streak in the play-offs after scoring for the fourth straight game. Brook Nelson netted his third goal of the playoffs, with Robin Lehner making 32 saves for the Islanders.

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