Now that the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Tampa Bay Lightning have played two playoff games with each other, let's see in the team that almost guaranteed Vegas would have a place in the Stanley Cup final:
TAMPA: Forty minutes for Game 2, the boos rained down on Rayo and continued until the last period.
This could be the last time that Bolts Nation sees this team and there were no good wishes in the expulsion.
That's from Diana C. Nearhos of the Tampa Bay Times hinting that this Game 2 defeat against Columbus may have been a death sentence for the home team. While it would normally be foolish to discard a team with 62 wins before its fourth loss in a series (not that Nearhos is doing that), especially in a postseason, since the NHL can be crazy, the Thunderbolt somehow is receding in the game after Losing a 3-0 lead at home is certainly not doing them any favors.
As for what really happened during the game, Columbus took advantage of the momentum that an amazing Tampa Bay squad provided after Game 1 to build a 3-0 lead after two periods. Although it was reflected, the marker was a familiar enough place so that even the stations were foreseeing a possible return of Lightning. Five minutes in the final period, almost seemed likely. After almost all the shots got frustratingly close to entering the net, Mikhail Sergachev finally found his way to Tampa Bay reducing the lead to two. But the dream died less than five minutes later, when a lazy pbad between Rayo's defenders opened an opportunity for Riley Nash of Columbus, whose first goal of the year came too late in the regular season, to pbad to Andrei Vasilevskiy's ear. . A couple of minutes after that, Artemi Panarin made it 5-1 in favor of the Blue Jackets, the final final score.
It is admitted that it is a difficult position when the team that is supposed to leave the round is left behind by a team that objectively is not so talented. Expectations make the pressure grow exponentially. Some players can recognize what went wrong, accept the pressure and use it as a motivating factor for the games to advance. Other players, such as Nikita Kucherov of Tampa Bay, decided to further hinder the chances of his team through a possible suspension of multiple games.
At the end of the third period, with his team down 5-1 and the almost guaranteed defeat, Kucherov, who led the Rayo in points this season, decided to defeat Markus Nutivaara, who slid on the boards. When Nutivaara tried to get up, Kucherov went straight to the collapsed blue jacket and hit his back against the boards, again.
After the game ended, NHL Player Safety tweeted that Kucherov would face an audience on Saturday for his hit. Estimates range from a slap on the wrist to the death penalty because the league is not exactly consistent in this kind of thing.
Lightning coach John Cooper was realistic about his team's situation, but he tried to change things to make things look better than they really seemed.
"This is a five-alarm fire," Jon Cooper said after Friday's 5-1 loss gave Columbus a 2-0 lead in the series. "It's adversity, sometimes that's good, sometimes you have to go through things like this to see how we respond."
Here is one of two things. Either Cooper does not realize how big a fire must be to qualify as a five-alarm fire; for reference, a fire of five alarms in New York once required that nearly 200 firefighters from 33 departments shut it down. or is making his best impression of Lieutenant Frank Drebin's The naked gun and tell people that there is "nothing to see here" and know that there is only a pure chaos that arises behind it. I'll guess what's the last.