Lightning defeated Toronto 4-3 in OT to force a Game 7

The two-time champions Tampa Bay Lightning, were on the canvas after receding a 2-0 lead. As in Game 5, Tampa saw the leaves They tied and turned the game around. Two goals in the final 27 seconds of the second period stunned everyone at Amalie Arena. Kucherov tied in the third period in a 5 vs 3. In extra time, the visitors had the best game and legs. The difference is that the killer instinct is still on Tampa’s side.. Brayden Point defined in extra time for the final 4-3.

The maple leaves they are 0-9 since 2013 in games where they have had a chance to close out a series. In overtime, Toronto won the most individual duels and therefore the rebounds. Keefe’s team saw more legs than the Bolts. Andrew Vasilevsky he has allowed far more goals in the series than expected, but was brilliant in overtime.

Toronto will have Game 7 at home but missed a golden opportunity to eliminate the two-time champions and end the curse of the first round. John Tavares had his best game maple-leaf in playoffs. Tavares won faceoffs, had goals and also blocked shots. In the end, all that effort was wasted. On the other hand, Alexander Kerfoot He had a lousy game. Kerfoot was responsible for a giveaway on Tampa’s first goal and in overtime was in Point’s goal photo.

Tampa Bay went up 2-0 with Palat’s goal and Cirelli’s shorthanded

Tampa started strong and stamkos dishing out assists near the crease. The captain put in good passes to Palat and Kucherov that resulted in high danger chances against Jack Campbell. At the end of the first period, Alexander Kerfoot he sent a backhand pass to his zone but it was a lethal giveaway. Ondrej Palat He took advantage of the gift and went alone against Campbell to beat him on the blocker side. With the 1-0 Tampa was calmer in a game of life or death.

In the second period, Anthony Cirelli had a great robbery in the neutral zone where he took the veteran defense Mark Giordano. Cirelli scored a tremendous short-handed goal when turning when arriving at the crease and beating Campbell for the five hole. Toronto once again had the ability to react as in game 5. Austin Matthews won a faceoff in the rival zone and went to the slot to deflect the shot from Mark Giordano. Everything seemed that it would be 2-1 heading into the third period.

The Leafs went up 3-2 but Kucherov and Point sent the series to the decisive Game 7

In a rush in the last seconds of the second periodToronto tied the game at two. Vasilevsky could not keep an easy shot from Tavares. On the bounce up, Jason Spezza He took the opportunity to hit the puck. Within seconds of going to intermission, William Nylander escaped down the wing to pass backhand to a solo John Tavares. The former Islander dominated the puck with his skate and then had a nice snap shot to beat Vasilevskiy.

Nikita Kucherov tied the game at three in a 5 against 3. Kucherov he hit a good shot with a screen off Campbell in the crease. The wrist shot was low and with a very good double screen of Cirelli and Corey Perry in front of Campbell. in overtime, Vasilevskiy stopped a heads up with Kerfoot. In a turnover at the start, Vasilevsky he parried a high shot from Mikheyev with his glove. those were the two clearest chances of the maple leaves.

The Bolts continued to struggle again with the Leafs’ fast breaks. In the territory of face offs, Tampa continued to allow too many extra possessions to Toronto in their own zone. Tampa looked tired in overtime, but Brandon Hagel he escaped through the wing and put a pass to the slot to Alex Killorn. The shot was blocked by the goalie and a defender, but Brayden Point he went to the crease and pushed the puck on a second chance.

The 4-3 score leaves the Leafs in doubt of those ghosts of past eliminations. The Game 7 it will be more pressure on Keefe’s team than Cooper’s. The Leafs look like the youngest, most physically whole team. The Bolts are more than proven in do-or-die games.