NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
The Columbus Blue Jackets won a Stanley Cup Playoff series for the first time by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.
Hickey, whose overtime goal on April 5 put the New York Islanders into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, scored at 12:31 of OT on Sunday to give the Islanders a 4-3 win against the Florida Panthers in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at Barclays Center.
The New York Islanders advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round with a 3-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the first round at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday.
Alex Killorn scored with 1:43 remaining in the third period to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 1-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at Amalie Arena on Thursday and send them on to the second round. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop made 34 saves for his fourth career shutout in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Colorado Avalanche advanced to the Western Conference Second Round with a 5-1 win against the Calgary Flames in Game 5 of the first round at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday.
San Jose won the best-of-7 series 4-1 and will play either the Anaheim Ducks or Nashville Predators in the Western Conference Second Round; the Ducks and Predators series is tied 2-2. The Sharks advanced past the first round for the first time since 2013; the Kings defeated the Sharks in the second round in 2013 and the first round in 2014.
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