Could things get any sweeter for Columbus Blue Jackets fans? First, the Blue Jackets finish their sweep of the President's Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning – the first team to ever accomplish that in the first round – and just a few minutes later, some folks a bit farther east were breaking out the brooms, too.
The New York Islanders – a team that finished ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins, but weren't favored to get past them in the playoffs – swept the Blue Jackets' biggest rivals, winning Game 4 on Long Island tonight.
The Island is getting wild tonight!
— NHL (@NHL) April 17, 2019
That's a whole lot of star power – Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Phil Kessel and Matt Murray – all hitting the golf courses earlier than expected. Crosby, in particular, had an atrocious series, finishing with just one point – coming on the Penguins' lone goal tonight – and going -4 over the course of the series.
Apropos of nothing: remember when Jack Johnson said this?
"I've been really wanting to be a part of a winning culture and a place where the expectations to win are as high as they can be"