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2019 Stanley Cup playoffs: April 12 open thread

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Here’s your place to discuss all the action.

Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Islanders Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

There are four games on the schedule for Friday.

The Lightning, who won the Presidents’ Trophy, look to bounce back from a stunning 4-3 loss in Game 1 to the Blue Jackets. Tampa Bay raced out to a 3-0 lead before Columbus fired back with four unanswered goals. The Blue Jackets took a 2-0 series lead in the first round last year, but fell in six games to Washington.

The Islanders will try to take a 2-0 series lead against the Penguins. If New York does, it’ll be the first time in a seven-game playoff series they’ve done so since the 1983 Stanley Cup Final.

The Blues are hoping rookie goalie Jordan Binnington keeps his strong play going against the Jets in Winnipeg. He made 24 saves and only gave up one goal to Patrik Laine in a 2-1 win in Game 1.

Vegas hopes to avoid its first 2-0 series deficit in franchise history when they play the Sharks in San Jose. The Golden Knights have lost five straight playoff games since Game 2 of last year’s Cup Final. San Jose’s Brent Burns, Evander Kane, Tomas Hertl and Marc-Edouard Vlasic each had a goal and an assist, and Erik Karlsson had two assists in a 5-2 victory in Game 1 of the series.

Friday’s schedule

Game 2: Blue Jackets at Lightning, 6 p.m. (CNBC), CBJ 1-0

Game 2: Penguins at Islanders, 6:30 p.m. (NBCSN), NYI 1-0

Game 2: Blues at Jets, 8:30 p.m. (CNBC), STL 1-0

Game 2: Golden Knights at Sharks, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN), SJ 1-0

*All times Central