Game 7 Maple Leafs: On Thursday evening Amalie Arena was packed with fans eagerly awaiting the Toronto Maple Leaf and Tampa Bay Lightning matchup. It was an intense contest from the start with the Maple Leaf leading 3-2 heading into the third period Unfortunately they fell to the Lightning 4-3 in overtime thus ending their playoff series.
The final play of the first extra period proved to be a game changer with Brayden Point scoring an impactful goal that sent the game back to Toronto for Game 7 On a night full of ups and downs however victory proved exhilaratingly satisfying.
Toronto now faces reigning Stanley Cup champions Ottawa at Scotiabank Arena after losing a chance to progress to the second round.
Morgan Rielly commented on their recent game against the Maple Leafs, “I thought we played really well for 28 minute and 51 seconds – T.J. Brodie played 28 minutes and 51 seconds, Auston Matthews 28 minutes, 19 second and Morgan Rielly 28 minute and 14 second.” Unfortunately for Toronto, they haven’t won a postseason round in 18 year and missed eight shutout opportunities during the first round since 2018.
On Saturday the victor of this game will advance to face the winner of Florida Panther versus Washington Capital in the second round. At present Florida lead 3-2 with Game 6 set for Sunrise on Friday.
Since 1985 five NHL team have won back to back Stanley Cups; however none has managed to secure a third championship win. Tampa Bay Lightning can break this pattern, but it won’t be easy. For the first time ever all eight Eastern Conference playoff team finished with at least 100 point during regular season play including the Maple Leaf in Game 7
Brick Walls on net
On Saturday night the play of both goaltender will be crucial in Game 7. Andrei Vasilevskiy had a great third quarter and overtime in Game six but struggled throughout the series. Whichever goaltender perform best in game seven will give their team a significant advantage heading into the finale; Vasilevskiy boast more experience so expect him to close things out for Toronto. Game 7: Maple Leaf at Blue Jay
OILERS and KINGS
The Oilers are 6-4 in game sevens overall, including 3-1 at home. Here’s a rundown of their seven outcomes.
|Apr 22, 1984||Los Angeles defeated Calgary 7-4|
|Apr 30, 1986||Los Angeles lost to Calgary 3-2|
|May 31, 1987||Los Angeles defeated Philadelphia 3-1|
|Apr 15, 1989||Los Angeles lost to Los Angeles 6-3|
|Apr 16, 1990||Los Angeles defeated Winnipeg 4-1|
|Apr 16, 1991||Los Angeles won 5-4 in OT vs. Calgary|
|Apr 29, 1997||Los Angeles defeated Dallas 4-3 in OT|
|May 4, 1998||Los Angeles defeated Colorado 4-0|
|Jun 19, 2006||Los Angeles lost to Carolina 3-1|
|May 10, 2017||Los Angeles defeated Anaheim 2-1|
|Apr 18, 1968||Los Angeles lost to Minnesota 9-4|
|Apr 13, 1969||Los Angeles defeated Oakland 5-3|
|Apr 25, 1976||Los Angeles lost to Boston 3-0|
|Apr 15, 1989||Los Angeles defeated Edmonton 6-3|
|May 29, 1993||Los Angeles defeated Toronto 5-4|
|May 9, 2001||Los Angeles lost to Colorado 5-1|
|May 28, 2013||Los Angeles defeated San Jose 2-1|
|Apr 30, 2014||Los Angeles defeated San Jose 4-1|
|May 16, 2014||Los Angeles defeated Anaheim 6-2|
|Jun 1, 2014||Los Angeles defeated Chicago 5-4 in OT|