Alexander Kerfoot scored on the ability play at 4:14 of additional time after Toronto worn out a three-goal deficit within the third interval, and the Maple Leafs beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4 Monday evening to take a commanding 3-1 sequence lead of their first-round playoff matchup.
Alex Killorn scored twice in serving to the Lightning construct a 4-1 lead that the Maple Leafs erased with three objectives — two by Auston Matthews — in a span of 6 minutes, 20 seconds. Morgan Rielly’s second purpose of the sequence tied it 4-all at 16:04 of the third interval.
It was the second time in three nights Toronto rallied late to drive additional time. Ryan O’Reilly’s purpose with 60 seconds left in regulation stored the Maple Leafs alive in Recreation 3, and O’Reilly gained it at 19:45 of OT for a 2-1 sequence lead.
Mikhail Sergachev and Steven Stamkos additionally scored for the Lightning. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 32 pictures and had a few huge saves within the additional time interval earlier than Kerfoot redirected Mark Giordano previous the goaltender for the win.
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Noel Acciari scored for the second straight recreation for Toronto, deflecting Justin Holl’s shot previous Vasilevskiy early within the second interval to briefly get the Maple Leafs inside one purpose earlier than Tampa Bay pulled away with objectives by Stamkos and Killorn that made it 4-1.
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It was 2-0 after one interval, and Toronto was lucky the deficit wasn’t greater.
Maple Leafs goaltender Ilya Samsonov stopped Brandon Hagel’s penalty shot rather less than eight minutes into the sport, however the Lightning’s persistence paid off when Killorn — after which, Sergachev — scored their first objectives of the sequence off excellent feeds from Nikita Kucherov.
In each circumstances, Samsonov was positioned to defend a attainable shot from Kucherov when the Lightning star as an alternative delivered the puck to Killorn and Sergachev from the fitting circle.
Killorn scored his first purpose on an influence play. His second got here from a shot from the left circle that beat Samsonov to the far put up for a three-goal lead.
Samsonov stopped 27 pictures.
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Tampa Bay’s Brayden Level was within the lineup Monday evening after tumbling head-first into the boards whereas battling for a free puck with Toronto’s Morgan Rielly.
Rielly initially was assessed a five-minute main penalty for boarding, nonetheless the decision was finally overturned. The hit sparked a number of skirmishes, together with separate fights pitting Stamkos in opposition to Matthews and Kucherov in opposition to O’Reilly.
Level returned six minutes later and completed the sport. Lightning coach Jon Cooper stated earlier that the high-scoring heart could be a game-time choice. Level had an help on Sergachev’s purpose, which put Tampa Bay up 2-0 within the first interval.