The second game in Tampa, of the series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Tampa Bay Lightning took place. Toronto would win Game 3 by a score of 5-2. Tampa would need to win this game to tie up the series before it would head back to Toronto.
Here is how the two teams would line up:
In the first period, the Tampa Bay Lightning would blitz the Maple Leafs and get the home crowd behind them. They would score three unanswered goals in the period. The first goal would come from Steven Stamkos, his first goal of the playoffs. The assists on the play would come from Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman.
The second goal for the Lightning would come from Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, his first goal of the playoffs. It would come four minutes after the Stamkos goal, and double Tampa’s lead. The play was unassisted.
The last goal of the period would come from Pat Maroon, his first goal of the playoffs. It would be the much needed insurance marker. The assist on the play would come from Mikhail Sergachev. The Lightning would take a 3-0 lead heading into the second period.
In the second period, the Lightning would add two more unanswered goals for the period. Giving them five unanswered goals for the game. The first goal of the second period would come from Ross Colton, his second goal of the playoffs. The assists on the play would come from Branden Hagel and Cal Foote.
The second goal of the period would come from Corey Perry, his second goal of the playoffs. The assists on the play would come from Nikita Kucherov, his second point of the game, and Brayden Point. The goal would come via the power play. The Lightning would take a commanding 5-0 lead heading into the third period.
In the third period, the Maple Leafs would finally get on the board, and cut into the Lightning lead. The goal would be scored by William Nylander, his first goal of the playoffs. The assists on the play would come from Auston Matthews and Morgan Reilly. The goal would also come via the power play.
*Editor’s Note – Shaggy had to head out for a soccer game so Michael is finishing up for Shaggy.
Less than ten minutes after getting the Leafs on the board Nylander would strike again for his second goal of the game to cut the Bolts lead to three, but that goal would spur three more goals in a three minute span as Jake Muzzin would also score for the Leafs. However, a goal from Ondrej Palat and Ross Colton’s second of the game would give the Lightning the 7-3 victory over the Maple Leafs to tie the series at two games a piece.
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