Lightning won 2-1 in Game 7 and extended the curse in the Toronto playoff

The ghosts will continue to haunt Toronto for another year with the maple leaves. The two-time champions Tampa Bay Lightning eliminated the team Austin Matthews by winning 2-1 and visiting Game 7. Jon Cooper’s team played Game 7 as that experienced team with a champion caste. The game was tight and with some Leafs with more shots, opportunities, time in the rival zone and others. Tampa knew how to take advantage of his moments and hit with two key goals from the former Senator, Nick Paul.

Andrew Vasilevsky It was a wall and despite not sealing the series with his classic shutout, he only allowed Rielly’s goal. Tampa Bay he was again exhausted and without legs but he knew how to get the game again against a good Toronto team that lacks that killer instinct. The Lightning had to play much of the game without Brayden Point who left due to injury.

Austin matthews he had 60 goals in the campaign but in game 7 he did not appear. Same with Mitch Marner, William Nylander either John Tavares. Toronto had the collapse of 2013 but it was another core of players. With mike babcock the team began the reconstruction. But the collapses of 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and now 2022 leave marks on the core commanded by Austin Matthews. The maple leaves they went 3-2 in the series and let Tampa slip away in OT in Game 6.

The Lightning he dedicated himself to managing his two leads of 1-0 and then 2-1 in Game 7. Outside the second period where Tampa matched pace and shots, the team knew how to suffer by closing the spaces and trusting in the Big Cat Vasilevsky. The Lightning He has known how to overcome his collapses like those of the sweep years ago against Columbus, but they have already overcome everything by winning two Cups in a row and looking for a third. The core of these Leafs can’t even get past the first round of the playoffs.

Nick Paul’s goal allowed Tampa to manage the rest of Game 7 in Toronto

The maple leaves They surpassed their rival in everything in the first period. Andrei Vasilevsiy started his festival in goal. The statistics will say that there were only 30 saves, but it was much more by the Big Cat. Toronto had the time in the rival zone and only the Lightning picked up some rhythm thanks to a power play for a delay of game of Mark Giordano.

Tampa he was able to score thanks to a rush from Ross Colton. His shot into the slot had a slight bounce off a defender and Jack Campbell gave a bounce. Nick Paul he followed the play well and was rewarded by pushing the puck on the rebound that the goalie gave. Paul with a backhand froze the entire Leafs crowd.

Tampa had a good second period and helped a lot by the penalties of the local team. Toronto tied the game at 1 thanks to a snap shot in the slot by Tavares. justin holl he made a clear interference for Tavares to pass and that correctly denied the goal. Tampa had a shot blocked in the crease of stamkos in the power play that followed that penalty.

toronto tied the match at one with a good odd man rush with matthews giving up the puck to Rielly. The veteran beat Vasilevskiy with a nice high slap shot. Everything was defined in a great save with the blocker from Vasilevskiy to Matthews. On the next shift, Nick Paul he escaped through the slot and slammed the puck onto his stick with a kick, to beat Campbell in the low slot. Toronto didn’t have that killer instinct in Game 7. With a 2-1 lead, Tampa went comfortably into the third quarter.

Tampa Bay resisted the entire third period with a 2-1 lead on the scoreboard

Tampa Bay blocking 26 shooting in total and showed how to wipe out the team with the best power play in the league and Matthews who had 60 goals. Toronto outscored the Bolts 17-6 in the third quarter. Victor hedman Y Anthony Cirelli they were among the most shot blocked in that crucial final period. In the end, Tampa won 2-1 in a third period where they gave a recital of how to defend the goal and block shots. This Cooper team already knows that grinding style with which the two won Stanley Cups consecutive. The Leafs are very touched.

The generation of people that follows the maple leaves you will be left with that this was not a collapse. That situation happens when an entire generation gets used to seeing a historical franchise fail over and over again. The Leafs have already 18 years without passing the first round of the playoffs and 55 without raising a Stanley Cup. The leaves they became the first franchise counting MLB, NHL and NBA to lose a Game 7 (or decider) for 5 consecutive years.

the core of matthews, NylanderRielly and Tavares will perhaps follow. Ilya Mikheev it could be the winger sacrificed to seek money to bring in a better goalie or to add depth to the blue line. On the other hand, GM Kyle Dubas and especially the coach Sheldon Keef they could have the hours numbered. Besides, Tampa Bay went on to the second round where they will face the Florida Panthers they eliminated in six games last season in the first round.