fairn.png
Friday May 20th, 2022 11:57PM

Maple Leafs beat Lightning, take 3-2 lead in playoff series

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

TORONTO (AP) — Auston Matthews scored the tiebreaking goal with 6:06 left in the third period and the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied from an early two-goal deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Tuesday night and take a 3-2 lead in the first-round playoff series.

William Nylander added a goal and two assists for Toronto, which is a victory away from advancing in the postseason for the first time since 2004. John Tavares had a goal and assist, and Morgan Rielly also scored. Jack Campbell stopped 32 shots.

Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman and Ryan McDonagh scored, Nikita Kucherov had two assists and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 22 saves for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning, who will try to avoid elimination in the best-of-seven series in Game 6 at home on Thursday night.

Game 7, if necessary, would be in Toronto on Saturday.

Matthews snapped a 3-3 tie on a 2-on-1 rush in the third period. Mitch Marner fired a shot off Vasilevskiy’s right pad and Matthews, ,who had 60 goals during the regular season, scored his third of the playoffs to ignite the raucous home crowd.

The Lightning pulled Vasilevskiy late and had a couple of chances, but iced the puck with 21.9 seconds left to force the 2021 Conn Smythe Trophy winner back into his crease.

Down 2-1 heading to the third, Toronto tied the score with the teams playing 4 on 4 at 3:01 when Tavares held onto the puck in the offensive zone before finding Rielly, who scored his first of the series.

The Leafs took their first lead when Nylander scored his third goal in the last two games on Vasilevskiy.

But the Lightning responded at 8:17, when McDonagh blasted a shot past Campbell, tying the game at 3 before Matthews won it.

The Maple Leafs were coming off a 7-3 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 4.

Toronto head coach Sheldon Keefe went with the same lineup for the third straight game. He shook up three of his team’s four lines. That included splitting up Tavares and Nylander, while Michael Bunting returned to the top trio with Matthews and Marner.

Toronto got an early power play to continue the series’ parade to the penalty box, but couldn’t connect despite some good looks for Marner.

Stamkos made it 1-0 at 5:19 of the first. The Lightning then got their first man advantage when T.J. Brodie went off for hooking, and they went up by two at 6:11 when Hedman fired a shot that found its way through traffic.

Toronto killed off a 5-on-3 power play for 30 seconds later in the period thanks to some big stops from Campbell before Nylander broke in alone coming out of the box, only to be denied by Vasilevskiy.

Tampa Bay finished the period that included seven minor penalties with a 14-5 edge in shots.

The Lightning were whistled for their second infraction of the night for too many men on the ice early in the second, and Toronto broke through when Nylander fired a shot that went in off the skate of Tavares for the captain’s first goal of the series.

The Leafs continued to push as the period wore on, with Vasilevskiy forced to make a number of huge saves.

Campbell had a much quieter period at the other end, but had to make a big stop on a Nick Paul breakaway after he stripped Morgan Rielly of the puck.

___

More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/nhl and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Hockey, AP Business
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Heat roll past 76ers 120-85 in Game 5, take 3-2 series lead
Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, Max Strus added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Miami Heat moved one win away from a trip to the Eastern Conference finals by topping the Philadelphia 76ers 120-85
10:52PM ( 9 minutes ago )
Maple Leafs beat Lightning, take 3-2 lead in playoff series
Auston Matthews scored the tiebreaking goal with 6:06 left in the third period and the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied from an early two-goal deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 and take a 3-2 lead in the first-round playoff series
10:42PM ( 19 minutes ago )
Election 2022: Republicans decide Nebraska governor primary
Nebraska Republicans are working through a crowded primary for governor in a race upended in recent weeks by groping allegations lodged against a candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump
10:29PM ( 32 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Astros' Verlander through 6 no-hit innings vs Twins
Justin Verlander has pitched six hitless innings on 66 pitches for the Houston Astros against the Minnesota Twins
10:04PM ( 57 minutes ago )
Pivotal Game 5s on tap for Bucks-Celtics, Warriors-Grizzlies
Grizzlies star Ja Morant is out for Game 5 with a bone bruise in his right knee
9:43PM ( 1 hour ago )
Canadiens win NHL draft lottery; Devils move up to No. 2
The Montreal Canadiens are hosting the NHL draft in July and will have the right to the No. 1 pick
9:13PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Sports
Crosby, Penguins have Rangers on brink heading into Game 5
Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are one win from advancing to the second round of the NHL playoffs for the first time in four years
5:06PM ( 5 hours ago )
Flames get even in series with 4-1 win over Stars in Game 4
Rasmus Andersson scored Calgary’s first power-play goal since early in the playoff opener, Jacob Markstrom had 34 saves and the Flames beat the Dallas Stars 4-1 in Game 4 to even their first-round series
1:55AM ( 21 hours ago )
Avalanche 1st to advance to 2nd round with sweep of Preds
Valeri Nichushkin scored the game-winning goal with 7:58 left, and the Colorado Avalanche became the first team to advance to the second round Monday night by finishing a sweep of the Nashville Predators 5-3 Monday night
1:54AM ( 21 hours ago )
AP Online Hockey
Marcos presidency complicates US efforts to counter China
Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s apparent landslide victory in the Philippines presidential election is raising immediate concerns about a further erosion of democracy in Asia
9:43PM ( 1 hour ago )
House votes to let aides unionize, bargain collectively
The House has approved a resolution that will pave the way for letting congressional staff join a union and engage in collective bargaining
9:17PM ( 1 hour ago )
Paraguay organized crime prosecutor slain on Colombian beach
Paraguay’s prosecutor of organized crime and drug trafficking cases has been slain by gunmen on a Colombian beach as he honeymooned with his new wife, who says the attackers came on a jet ski or small boat
8:47PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Business
Trump-backed US Rep. Alex Mooney wins W.Va. GOP primary
Congressman Alex Mooney has won the Republican nomination for one of West Virginia’s two seats in the U.S. House
10:57PM ( 4 minutes ago )
Heat roll past 76ers 120-85 in Game 5, take 3-2 series lead
Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, Max Strus added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Miami Heat moved one win away from a trip to the Eastern Conference finals by topping the Philadelphia 76ers 120-85
10:52PM ( 9 minutes ago )
Election 2022: Republicans decide Nebraska governor primary
Nebraska Republicans are working through a crowded primary for governor in a race upended in recent weeks by groping allegations lodged against a candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump
10:29PM ( 32 minutes ago )
Astros' Verlander loses no-hit bid with 1 out in 8th
Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander lost a no-hit bid with one out in the eighth inning when the Minnesota Twins’ Gio Urshela lined a clean single to right field
10:28PM ( 34 minutes ago )
Live updates | Russia-Ukraine War
The U.S. House has emphatically approved a fresh $40 billion Ukraine aid package that beefs up President Joe Biden’s initial request
10:20PM ( 42 minutes ago )