The Toronto Maple Leafs led the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in the third period before losing 4-3 in overtime in Game 6 of their playoff series on Thursday at Amalie Arena.
With 1:56 remaining in the first extra period, Brayden Point scored to send the game back to Toronto for Game 7. On a tense night, it was a thrilling victory.
With a win, Toronto might have moved to the second round. Instead, it now plays at Scotiabank Arena against the Stanley Cup-reigning champs.
The Maple Leafs’ defenseman, Morgan Rielly, stated, “It was a tough one.” “For the most part, I thought we played a pretty nice game.”
T.J. Brodie had 28:51 minutes of ice time, Auston Matthews had 28:19 minutes, and Morgan Rielly had 28:14 minutes.
Toronto hasn’t won a postseason round in 18 years and has blown eight first-round shutout opportunities since 2018.
The winner of Saturday’s game will face the winner of the series between the Florida Panthers and the Washington Capitals in the second round. With Game 6 in Sunrise on Friday, Florida leads 3-2.
Five NHL teams have won back-to-back Stanley Cups since 1985, but none of them have been able to add a third ring to their collection. The Tampa Bay Lightning have a chance to buck the trend, but as history has proven, it won’t be easy.
The Bolts have dominated the NHL in recent years, winning back-to-back Stanley Cups thanks to the spectacular brilliance of players like Nikita Kucherov, Andrei Vasilevskiy, and Steven Stamkos. In recent years, the Lightning have established themselves as the team to beat in the Eastern Conference, but other clubs have begun to notice. For the first time in NHL history, all eight Eastern Conference playoff teams concluded the regular season with at least 100 points. Game 7: Maple Leafs
Brick Walls on net
The play of both goaltenders will be a deciding factor in Saturday’s game seven. In Game six, Andrei Vasilevskiy was excellent in the third period and overtime, but he has struggled throughout the series. The goaltender who performs best in game seven will give his or her team a significant advantage in the series finale. Vasilevskiy has more experience, so expect him to close the game out. Game 7: Maple Leafs
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.
- They defeated Calgary 7-4 in the division final on April 22nd, 1984.
- On April 30th, 1986, the team lost 3-2 in the division final versus Calgary.
- On May 31, 1987, the team defeated Philadelphia 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Final.
- Los Angeles lost 6-3 to Los Angeles in the first round on April 15th, 1989.
- On April 16th, 1990, Winnipeg was defeated 4-1 in the first round.
- The first round was won 5-4 in overtime in Calgary on April 16th, 1991.
- In the first round, they defeated Dallas 4-3 in overtime on April 29th, 1997.
- On May 4th, 1998, Colorado was defeated 4-0 in the first round.
- The Stanley Cup Final was lost 3-1 to Carolina on June 19th, 2006.
- May 10th, 2017. In the division final, Anaheim was defeated 2-1.
- Overall (7-4) and on the road, the Los Angeles Kings have a winning record in games seven and five (5-3). They’ve won three straight games on the road. The road leads to bold.
- In the first round, they were defeated 9-4 by the Minnesota North Stars on April 18th, 1968.
- On April 13th, 1969, the team defeated Oakland 5-3 in the first round.
- The first round was lost 3-0 to Boston on April 25th, 1976.
- They defeated Edmonton 6-3 in the first round on April 15th, 1989.
- They defeated Toronto 5-4 in the conference finals on May 29th, 1993.
- On May 9th, 2001, they were eliminated 5-1 by Colorado in the second round.
- We defeated San Jose 2-1 in the second round on May 28th, 2013.
- On April 30th, 2014, the team defeated San Jose 4-1 in the first round.
- We defeated Anaheim 6-2 in the second round on May 16th, 2014.
- On June 1, 2014, the team defeated Chicago 5-4 in overtime in the Conference Final.