Lightning, Penguins look to avoid surprising sweeps

Andrea Vasilevskiy, left, of Russia, gives up a goal from Columbus Blue Jackets 'Pierre-Luke' , April 14, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio.

Andrea Vasilevskiy, left, of Russia, gives up a goal from Columbus Blue Jackets 'Pierre-Luke' , April 14, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning carved out their own history.

They will have a chapter of NHL lore all to themselves. And not the good kind.

No Presidents' Trophy winner has been swept away. Yet Tampa Bay is itself three times away from game 4 (7 p.m. EDT, CNBC).

"It's a common tough that we're in right now," Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. "We have to believe that you have to go to Tampa."

Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins face and similarly bleak outlook.

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"We can't get those games back at once," Crosby said. "You've gotten to do it here."

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They're better aware of one of all.

"We're a team that never gotten ahead of ourselves," Columbus forward Nick Foligno said. "We're excited about the opportunity."

Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, the hard work.

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WINNIPEG at ST. LOUIS (9:30 p.m EDT, CNBC)

In the topsy-turvy series. The Blues lead 2-1 heading to Game 4 The puck slipped past the last 25 years minutes from the jets regained some of their swagger.

Kyle Connor, who scored twice in Game 3. "We're getting close to our game."

St. Louis star Vladimir Tarasenko shrugged off the loss.

"There's no panic here." T "We'll be ready for war next game."

SAN JOSE at VEGAS (10:30 p.m. EDT, NBCSN)

The Golden Knights take on 3 to 3 and 2 lead. Vegas forward Max Pacioretty stressed his team

"You lose the first one." T "This is the opposite scenario where we know that we are going to be ready for it."

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AP Sports Writer Mitch Stacy in Columbus, Ohio, and W.G. Ramirez in Las Vegas to this report.

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