Twitter The Tampa Bay Lightning capped off its regular season just last weekend. The 62 win season ties the Detroit Red Wings for most wins in a single regular season. Tampa Bay had swept Columbus in regular season games and it seemed as if they were lightning hockey playoff tv schedule to do the same exact thing in Wednesday nights game. The Lightning jumped out to an early lead in the first period and played like the best team in the league…at least for the first 20 minutes.
The Pittsburgh Penguins increased their post-season appearance streak to thirteen seasons, the current longest streak. The Carolina Hurricanes made the playoffs for the first time since , ending a nine-year playoff drought.
For the second season in a row, the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs were the only Original Six teams to make the playoffs, marking the fifth time in league history , , , that only two Original Six teams clinched a playoff berth.
For the first time in NHL history, all division winners were eliminated in the first round as all the wild-cards advanced to the second round.
They were soon followed by the Calgary Flames , who with their five-game loss to the Colorado Avalanche , ensured that for the first time in NHL history,  neither of the conference number one seeds advanced to the second round.
After that, the two remaining division winners, the Nashville Predators and Washington Capitals , were each eliminated in an overtime game, the Predators in six and the Capitals in seven.
Also for the first time since , none of the previous year's Conference finalists the Capitals , the Lightning , the Golden Knights , and the Jets made it to the second round. For the first time in League history, three series were decided in game seven overtime.
The Blues tied the Philadelphia Flyers , Calgary Flames , Los Angeles Kings and Tampa Bay Lightning for playing the most playoff games 26 in a post season, and joined the —14 Kings as the most games played by a team who would go on to win the Stanley Cup.