Maple Leafs jump over Lightning early in Game 3, stay perfect as Kampf scores | CBC Sports

David Kampf scored the game-winning goal and Jack Campbell made 32 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 on Friday to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Morgan Rielly, Colin Blackwell and Ilya Mikheyev, twice into the empty net, had the other goals for Toronto, which struggled to regain home-court advantage in the best-of-seven series after the Lightning won Game 2. Pierre Engvall had three assists.

Ondrej Palat, with a goal and an assist and Ross Colton answered for Tampa. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 31 shots for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions.

Game 4 kicks off Sunday night at Amalie Arena before the series returns to Toronto for Game 5 on Tuesday.

Game 6, if necessary, would be back in Tampa on Thursday.

The Leafs are now 13-0-0 when Kampf scores in 2021-22, including twice in the playoffs after burying another downside in Game 1.

CLOCK | Kampf criticizes the eventual game winner as the Leafs knock down the Bolts in Game 3:

David Kämpf winner holds on as Leafs claim Game 3

David Kämpf’s second-period goal put Toronto ahead for good, as the Leafs defeated the Lightning 5-2 to take a 2-1 series lead. 0:53

After the teams combined for a parade to the penalty box and 22 power plays in the first two games, Toronto hit an early lead when Tampa winger Pat Maroon was whistled for a delay in the game.

After a couple of good looks, Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner had shots blocked in quick succession, but the puck found its way to Rielly on Michael Bunting’s skate to pass Vasilevskiy at 4:54, who was a bounce occurred. comeback performance in Game 2 after allowing five goals on 33 shots in the opener.

The Leafs then finished with a Lightning power play thanks to some big stops from Campbell and then ran the other way in a 3-on-1 break after the penalty expired, with Ilya Lyubushkin, who came out of the box, lagging behind before feeding Blackwell. to bury him in an open net at 9:44 for his first career playoff goal.

Fans in Tampa, like their Toronto counterparts in Games 1 and 2, expressed strong discontent with the umpires later in the period following another Lightning penalty, with chants of “Ref, you suck!” echoing around the exhausted building.

The Leafs, looking to win their first playoff series since 2004, had a 5-on-3 power play early in the second that the home team eliminated, but Kampf made it 3-0 with an unassisted effort at 5:52. . of a turnover in the neutral zone.

Colton got the Lightning on the board at 11:03 on a power play when he fired a single shot high over Campbell. The Tampa forward had a great opportunity to make it 3-2 a little later in the period, only to hit the post with the Toronto goalie at his mercy.

Toronto, which beat Tampa 5-0 in Game 1 on Monday before the Lightning responded with a 5-3 win two nights later, had a big chance to restore the three-goal lead five minutes into the third, but Vasilevskiy stopped Matthews on a break. and the 60-goal man’s rebounding effort.

Palat made it 3-2 moments later at 5:43 when he fired over Campbell’s shoulder.

Tampa got its third power play of the night with 7:46 left in regulation when Jake Muzzin hitched off. Campbell stole from Steven Stamkos on only one occasion before taking a snap of Victor Hedman from the slot.

The Leafs goalkeeper, rediscovering his game late in the schedule, held the fort from there until Mikheyev scored his first two career playoff goals with an empty sheet to secure the win and a 2-1 lead at the Serie.

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