Brayden Point is the man who played heroes for Florida in the extra time period. He pushed Alex Killorn’s throwback past Maple Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell with 1:56 left on the clock.
Point put an end to a colorful match where the Torontonians did not miss any scoring opportunities. Just before he scored the winning goal, the small Lightning forward saw Auston Matthews miss a golden chance near the net for his team.
I loved the way we played in overtime. We went on the attack. We had chances, lots of chances to end the game and they weren’t given anything until they got that chance and they took advantage of it. That’s the differenceassessed the head coach of the Queen City team, Sheldon Keefe.
The Maple Leafs struggled to get back into the game after trailing another 2-0, as they did in Game 5 of the series on Tuesday in Toronto.
Ondrej Palat took advantage of a silly turnaround from Alex Kerfoot at the very end of the first period to open the scoring. The Leafs forward made a blind pass that didn’t find a teammate. Palat grabbed the disc and beat Campbell with a good shot.
Midway through the second period, the Torontonians got their only power play of the game, but Tampa Bay was the team that took advantage. Anthony Cirelli intercepted the Leafs’ entry into Lightning territory, then stepped on the gas and found the back of the net with a
The Maple Leafs then took less than a minute to reply. Auston Matthews deflected a point shot from defenseman Mark Giordano past Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Captain John Tavares then had his best moments in the series. He first fired a good shot from the wrists that Vasilevskiy could not fully control. The puck bounced over the Russian goalkeeper to end up in the net. Then, less than 30 seconds later, Tavares accepted a throw-in from William Nylander in the slot to give Toronto a 3-2 lead.
The Maple Leafs then saw only 20 minutes separating them from their first promotion to the second round of the playoffs in 18 years, but Nikita Kucherov had other plans for them. He tied the game on a Lightning double power play midway through the third period.
Brayden Point’s next overtime goal not only allowed the Lightning to extend their winning streak to 17 after a loss, but also lifted the Leafs’ record to 0-8 when they had the chance to end a series since 2018.
The Torontonians will play a final game in the playoffs for the fifth straight year on Saturday. They will have home-ice advantage as they host the Lightning at Scotiabank Arena.
What is in the past belongs to the past. It can not be helped. All that matters is the next game and playing it with intention, paying attention to detail and playing 60 minutes or whatever it takes. We’ll have to put our balls on the table and go for itsaid Auston Matthews after the game in Tampa.
” We will have a great opportunity [de gagner] at home, a Game 7, it’s make or break, we win or we go home and we have to be excited about this opportunity. »
Matthews and teammate John Tavares alternately declined to comment on the officiating.
After being very strict since the start of the playoffs, officials called only six penalties Thursday night and none of them came in overtime. They appeared to put away their whistle as several infractions appeared to have been committed.