The Blue Jackets could sweep the Lightning in Game Four. Nationwide Arena is prohibiting fans from bringing brooms.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are just one win away from advancing to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. And they might do it in a sweep against the heavily-favored, record-setting, Presidents’ Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning.
That’s right. The top-seeded Lightning, who were the highest-scoring team in the NHL during the regular season, might fall to wild-card team Columbus after being outscored 12-5 so far in the first-round series.
And with the possibility of a sweep, the staff at Nationwide Arena in Columbus had to consider what many would have thought unthinkable only a few weeks ago: whether to allow Columbus fans to bring brooms into the arena.