Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Lightning
Eastern Conference First Round – Game 6
Toronto leads series 3-2
Toronto looks to defeat Tampa Bay and advance to the second round, winning their first playoff series since 2004, while Tampa Bay looks to advance this series to the important do-or-die Game 7.
In Game 5 Tuesday night, the Maple Leafs defeated the Lightning 4-3 with the Auston Matthews game-winner and you can check out the recap on that game here.
Toronto Maple Leafs Lines and Defencive Pairings
Tampa Bay Lightning Lines and Defencive Pairings
In the first, early back and fourth action between both teams on either side of the ice results in a lot of puck possession but through five minutes of action, Toronto has the lone shot on goal. At the 10:00 mark, we remain scoreless with only Toronto having two shots on goal and Tampa Bay with three. At 16:07, we get the first penalties of the night when Toronto’s Justin Holl is sent off for Interference and Tampa Bay’s Nicolas Paul is sent off for Embellishment, making this a 4-on-4. The Lightning get on the board first Ondrej Palat nets his third of the postseason, giving Tampa Bay the 1-0 lead. With 28 seconds left in the period, Morgan Rielly is sent off to the penalty box on a tripping call, giving the Lightning their first power play of the night. The first 20 are in the books as both teams head to the intermission with Tampa Bay holding the 1-0 lead.
In the second, the Lightning have 1:32 left on the power play. The power play comes to an end with no further damage being done and after the power play, there is continuing back and fourth action across the ice. At 9:02, the Maple Leafs head to their first power play when Cal Foote is off for a Tripping call. This is a huge opportunity for Toronto to get on the board. Tampa Bay takes the 2-0 lead when Anthony Cirelli scores with the Bolts being shorthanded, giving Cirelli his first goal of the postseason. Toronto finally responds when Auston Matthews scores his fourth of the postseason at 11:40 to cut the Tampa Bay lead to a goal. With 33.7 left in the period, Toronto ties the game when John Tavares scores his second of the postseason and then with eight seconds left, Toronto takes the 3-2 lead after John Tavares nets his second of the night.
In the third, more back and fourth action occurs most of the first half of the period. The Maple Leafs do a good job of winning faceoffs and keeping the turnovers down. Toronto’s David Kampf head to the box on a Hi-sticking call, giving Tampa Bay their second power play of the night. Toronto needs to kill the penalty and do everything they can to keep the puck out of the net. Toronto then heads to a 5-on-3 when Alexander Kerfoot also goes off with the Hi-sticking call. Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov then scores at 9:20 to tie the game with his second of the postseason. At the end of 60, this contest head to overtime with the Lightning and Maple Leafs tied 3-3.
In overtime, Brayden Point wins the contest for the Lightning at 18:04 with his second of the postseason as the series goes to a Game 7 Saturday night.
Scoring and Penalty Summary
TB Penalty: Nicolas Paul for Embellishment – 2 min minor – 16:07
TOR Penalty: Justin Holl for Tripping – 2 min minor – 16:07
TB Goal: Ondrej Palat (3) – Unassisted – 17:38
TOR Penalty: Morgan Rielly for Tripping – 2 min minor – 19:32
TB Penalty: Cal Foote for Tripping – 2 min minor – 09:02
TB SH Goal: Anthony Cirelli (1) – Unassisted – 10:46
TOR Goal: Auston Matthews (4) – Assisted by Mark Giordano (2) and William Nylander (3) – 11:40
TOR Goal: John Tavares (2) – Assisted by Jason Spezza (1) and Ondrej Kase (3) – 19:26
TOR Goal: John Tavares (3) – Assisted by William Nylander (4) and Alexander Kerfoot (1) – 19:52
TOR Penalty: David Kampf for Hi-sticking – 2 min minor – 08:02
TOR Penalty: Alexander Kerfoot for Hi-sticking – 2 min minor – 08:17
TB PP Goal: Nikita Kucherov (2) – Assisted by Brayden Point (2) and Steven Stamkos – 09:20
TB Goal: Brayden Point (2) – Unassisted – 18:04
Period by Period Statistical Summary
|Toronto – 0||Tampa Bay – 1|
|Power Play||0/0||0/1* 1:32 left in PP|
|Toronto – 3||Tampa Bay – 2|
|Toronto – 3||Tampa Bay – 3|
|Toronto – 3||Tampa Bay – 4|
Next Contest: Saturday, May 14th, 2022 at Toronto – Game 7
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