Toronto beat the Lightning 4-3 to leave them on the verge of elimination

The toronto maple leaves are close to breaking their drought of not winning a playoff series since 2004. The team from Sheldon Keef beat the two-time champions 4-3 Tampa Bay Lightning, to take a 3-2 lead in the series. William Nylander Y Austin Matthews they had key goals in the third period. The bolts Jon Cooper’s had defensive takeaway lapses again that they haven’t shown in almost 3 years.

Tampa Bay is on the verge of KO and will face an elimination match in Amalie Sand Thursday. The Lightning are 16-0 in the playoffs after one loss in the last 2 years. Either way, this year there seems to be a different scent. The maple leaves have shown that Jack Campbell He is that goalie who, without so many lights, can sustain them in playoff games. Campbell gave Toronto a chance when the game was 2-0.

The two-time champions they got off to a great start in the first period and should have gone for more than two goals up at halftime. The maple leaves they took advantage of turnovers in the third period. The Toronto franchise has had a favor series before. Last year, they were unable to close out a series that they had 3-1 in favor against the Canadians. Game 7 is a possibility but these Leafs seem to be at the right time in the right place against a Bolts that look tired by two Stanley Cups in a row.

Stamkos and Hedman put the Lightning ahead in a great first period for the visitors

Tampa hit first with a chip play where Kucherov drew a two mark to pass the slot to Palat who in turn sent a lateral pass to Steven stamkos. The captain sent a precise snap shot over Campbell’s blocker. Tampa struck again just seven minutes into the first period. The penalty problem was part of the problem in Game 4 for the maple leaves. Victor hedman scored a power play goal on a long shot with a big screen of alex killorn in the create.

With the 2-0 in favor, the Lightning was able to extend the advantage in the power play with a good slap shot of stamkos and with no one in front. Campbell kept Toronto in the game. Tampa had two more power plays but could not take advantage to score one more goal. Toronto had a Nylander breakaway that Vasilevskiy was able to contain.

The maple leaves they got into the game with a shot pass from Nylander to the low slot. John Tavares he was able to deflect the puck in the crease for 2-1. The former Islander has had a weak series but got his team into the game with the power play goal. Campbell was key in stopping two breakaways from the former Senator, NickPaul. Vasilevskiy was also brilliant in a second period dominated by the hosts.

Nylander and Matthews were brilliant in the third period to leave Tampa on the verge of KO in the series

Toronto tied the game at two with a big play from Tavares near the goal. John took Cernak off with a spin and went into the faceoff circle a single Morgan Riley. Rielly’s snap was with no bodies in front of it. Immediately, it fell 3-2 in a play where Mikheyev entered the Bolts’ zone. Mikheyev sent a backhand pass to a single Nylander on the other side Bogosian dived to cover the shot. The Swede’s snap shot was well placed over Vasilevskiy’s glove.

Ryan McDonagh he tied the game at three after a good forecheck from Nick Paul and Ross Colton. The former Ranger’s slap went over Campbell’s blocker. With 3-3 everything seemed destined to go into extra time. Kucherov had a free kick near the crease but Campbell made the save of the match. McDonagh lost a puck in the neutral zone and in a 2 vs 1 game, Nylander shot and Vasilevskiy rebounded so that matthews push the puck.

The 4-3 was definitive and leaves the Bolts very touched. The Game 6 It will be on Thursday and it will be a matchball for the Leafs. If there is Game 7 it will be on Saturday in Toronto. Blue line turnovers are killing the two-time champions in the series. Unlike other years, the Lightning is missing the grinder line they had with Gourde, Goodrow and Coleman. toronto on the other hand, he’s one step away from breaking his first-round playoff curse. An inspired goalie like Campbell seems to be the difference this year.