SportsPulse: Playoff hockey is here and is certain to be unpredictable. We get you ready for the insanity and predict who’s going to hold Lord Stanley’s cup this summer. USA TODAY
After the first completed game, the 2019 NHL playoffs are already going far differently than anyone imagined.
The Stanley Cup favorite Tampa Bay Lightning, who tied an NHL record with 62 regular-season wins, squandered a three-goal lead and fell 4-3 to the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal.
NHL postseason upsets are more common than in other sports, but this one will draw attention because the Lightning were dominant during the regular season and the Blue