And just like that, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s historic 2018-19 campaign has come to an end.
On Tuesday night, the Columbus Blue Jackets sent the Lightning home early after completing the sweep on home ice. After leading the NHL (by a landslide) with 319 regular season goals, T-Bay posted just 8 in the series while giving up 19. The hockey world is still trying to comprehend what exactly happened, but Lightning head coach Jon Cooper seems to have a pretty strong understanding that his team plain and simply got outplayed. He shared some pretty devastating words in his post-game press conference following the final loss.
“For six days in April, Columbus played better than we did.” Yikes.
While Cooper was able to make some sense of what happened, the Lightning’s Twitter account had a little more difficulty. They issued a devastating, heartfelt message to fans, explaining that they just didn’t have any words for what happened.
Them and everyone else who watched the series!!!!
While Cooper’s presser was a bit more on the somber side, Jackets head coach John Tortorella’s couldn’t have been more opposite. The 60-year-old revealed that he actually had beer poured on him mid-game.
Gotta love Torts!
The Lightning won the regular season series 3-0, outscoring the Jackets 17-3 in those contests. But hey, it’s all about getting hot at the right time.
(H/T Fox Sports Florida)