A tale of two cities: Front pages a day after Lightning are swept by Blue Jackets

Tampa Bay followed a historic regular season with a historic failure, becoming the NHL’s first Presidents’ Trophy winner ever swept in the first round. See how each team’s local paper covered the feat a day after.
A portion of the Columbus Dispatch's front cover a day after the Lightning lost game four to the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-3.
A portion of the Columbus Dispatch's front cover a day after the Lightning lost game four to the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-3.
Published April 17
Updated April 17

It wasn’t supposed to end like this.

The Lightning were rolling. In their final regular-season game, they overcame a two-goal deficit against the Bruins to win 6-3 and tie the record for the most wins in a regular season. They entered the playoffs as the overwhelming favorites to win the Stanley Cup.

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Then they became an entirely new team.

Calling it a collapse would be an understatement. Calling it an embarrassment is perhaps more fitting. Regardless of how you look at it, though, the Lightning — once discussed as potentially becoming one of the greatest NHL teams ever — is out of the playoffs after just four games.

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Here’s how the Tampa Bay Times and Columbus Dispatch covered the historic sweep a day later.

The Tampa Bay Times' front cover a day after the Lightning lost game four to the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-3.
The Tampa Bay Times' front cover a day after the Lightning lost game four to the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-3.


The front page of the Tampa Bay Times' sports page a day after the Lightning lost game four to the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-3.
The front page of the Tampa Bay Times' sports page a day after the Lightning lost game four to the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-3.


The Columbus Dispatch's front cover a day after the Lightning lost game four to the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-3.
The Columbus Dispatch's front cover a day after the Lightning lost game four to the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-3.


The front page of the Columbus Dispatch's sports section a day after the Lightning lost game four to the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-3.
The front page of the Columbus Dispatch's sports section a day after the Lightning lost game four to the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-3.


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