Auston Matthews scored the go-ahead aim within the third interval and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 Tuesday evening in Recreation 5 of their first-round playoff sequence.
Toronto leads the best-of-seven sequence 3-2 with Recreation 6 at Tampa Bay on Thursday.
William Nylander had a aim and two assists for Toronto. John Tavares added a aim and an help and Morgan Rielly additionally scored.
Jack Campbell had a stable sport in aim with some huge saves among the many 32 pictures he stopped for the Maple Leafs.
Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman and Ryan McDonagh scored for the Lightning. Nikita Kucherov added two assists and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 21 saves for Tampa Bay.
Auston Matthews celebrates his eventual game-winning aim towards the Lightning in Recreation 5.NHLI by way of Getty Pictures
Behind 2-1 after 40 minutes, Toronto scored twice early within the third interval when the groups had been taking part in with 4 skaters every. Rielly scored on a 26-footer at 3:01 of the third interval, and Nylander scored from the left circle at 4:14.
McDonagh’s shot from the left circle discovered the highest nook to tie the sport at 8:17 of the third.
Quickly after Campbell made an outstanding save, Matthews completed a breakout by scoring on the rebound from Mitchell Marner’s shot at 13:54.
Tampa Bay took a 2-0 lead within the first interval with two objectives a minute aside. Stamkos scored from the slot at 5:19 of the primary on a go from Kucherov.
Hedman scored a power-play aim at 6:11 on a shot from the excessive slot by way of visitors. T.J. Brodie was off for hooking.
Tampa Bay had a two-man benefit for 30 seconds however couldn’t rating. Nylander, the primary participant penalized, had a breakaway after leaving the field and was stopped by Vasilevskiy.
Maple Leafs proper wing William Nylander, proper, celebrates his aim towards Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy.AP
William Nylander scores towards Andrei Vasilevskiy.NHLI by way of Getty Pictures
Tampa Bay led 14-4 in pictures on aim after one interval.
Tavares scored a power-play aim on a deflection of Nylander’s shot at 3:35 of the second interval. Tampa Bay had been penalized for having too many males on the ice.
Towards the movement of the sport at 15:15 of the second, Ondrej Palat had a breakaway after a steal within the impartial zone, however Campbell stopped him.
Tampa Bay had a 23-18 benefit in pictures on aim after two durations.