Maple Leafs gather in Game 5 to push Lightning over the edge

Tampa Bay Lightning’s third consecutive Stanley Cup bid was in trouble.

Or is he?

Lightning blew his lead in the third inning as the Toronto Maple Leafs won 4-3 and advanced 3-2 in the first round of the Eastern Conference’s first round.

“That match was up for us and we just let it slip through our fingers,” Lightning coach John Cooper told reporters.

Despite this, lightning has a recent history on their side. They are heading home for Game Six and are 16-0 after losing since the start of the 2020 post-season. Meanwhile, Toronto have not won a first-round streak since 2004. In 2018, 2019 and 2021, the Leaves took three wins but failed to get a fourth.

Toronto Maple Leafs Center Auston Matthews celebrates scoring the winning goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Tampa Bay will need more to keep the run alive. Lightning seemed headed for another win with two quick goals in the first period, but they weren’t able to get another disc after Jack Campbell until the third inning.

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