The Columbus Blue Jackets advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round and will play the Boston Bruins or Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Blue Jackets defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 in Game 4 on Tuesday to end that first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series for the first postseason series win in their history. They are the first team to sweep a Presidents’ Trophy winner in the first round.
The Maple Leafs lead the Bruins 2-1 in that best-of-7 series with Game 4 at Toronto on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, NESN).
Columbus, which was the second Eastern wild card, will begin the series at Boston or Toronto.
The Blue Jackets went 1-1-1 against the Bruins in the regular season, with all three games played in the final four weeks.
Boone Jenner had a hat trick, and Josh Anderson and Zach Werenski each had four points (one goal, three assists) in a 7-4 win against the Bruins on March 12. Matt Duchene had three goals in the three games. Sergei Bobrovsky was 1-1-0 with a 5.00 goals-against average and .852 save percentage, allowing eight goals on 54 shots. Joonas Korpisalo was 0-0-1 allowing four goals on 38 shots in two games.
Brad Marchand led the Bruins with seven points (four goals, three assists) in the three games. Patrice Bergeron has five points (two goals, three assists). Tuukka Rask was 1-1-0 with a 4.76 GAA allowing seven goals on 51 shots (.879 save percentage) in two games. Jaroslav Halak was 1-0-0 with a 1.27 GAA and .943 save percentage in two games.
Columbus was 1-2-0 against Toronto this season. Anderson and Cam Atkinson each had two goals. Atkinson and Artemi Panrin led the Blue Jackets with three points each. Bobrovsky started each of the three games and was 1-2-0 with a 3.04 GAA and .898 save percentage.
John Tavares scored three goals, and Zach Hyman scored twice for the Maple Leafs. Frederik Andersen was 1-1-0 with a 3.06 GAA and .905 save percentage. Garret Sparks won his only start, making 27 saves in a 4-2 victory Dec. 28.
Columbus has never played Toronto or Boston in the playoffs.