Maple Leafs Return To Top Of Lightning And Take 3-2 Series Lead

maple leafs return to top of lightning and take 3 2 series lead

Auston Matthews scored the game-breaking goal in the third period and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Tuesday night in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.

Toronto leads the best-of-seven series 3-2 with Game 6 at Tampa Bay on Thursday.

William Nylander had a goal and two assists for Toronto. John Tavares added a goal and an assist and Morgan Rielly also scored.

Jack Campbell had a solid game in goal with some big saves on the 32 shots 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 goal against the Lightning in Game 5.
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Trailing 2-1 after 40 minutes, Toronto scored twice early in the third period as the teams played with four skaters each. Rielly scored on a 26-footer at 3:01 of the third period, and Nylander scored from the left circle at 4:14.

McDonagh’s shot from the left circle found the top corner to tie the game at 8:17 of the third.

Shortly after Campbell made a great save, Matthews completed a breakout by scoring on the rebound of Mitchell Marner’s shot at 13:54.

Tampa Bay took a 2-0 lead in the first period with two goals a minute apart. Stamkos scored from the slot at 5:19 from first on a pass from Kucherov.

Hedman scored a power play goal at 6:11 on a shot from the high slot through traffic. TJ Brodie was gone for hooking up.

Tampa Bay had a two-man advantage for 30 seconds but couldn’t score. Nylander, the first penalized player, made a breakaway after leaving the box and was stopped by Vasilevskiy.

Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander, right, celebrates his goal against Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy during the third period of Game 5 of a first-round Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 10, 2022 in Toronto.
Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander, right, celebrates his goal against Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy.
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Maple Leafs' William Nylander #88 scores against Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy #88 in the third period of Game 5 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round at Scotiabank Arena on May 10, 2022 in Toronto.
William Nylander scores against Andrei Vasilevskiy.
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Tampa Bay led 14-4 in shots after one period.

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