Having survived the collapse in the second half that saw the Leafs turn from two goals down to advance 3-2, Tampa Bay fought to tie Match 6 in the third set, before Brayden Point He scored the winning goal at 18:04 of overtime.
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Apart from an extended 26 seconds into the last minute where he allowed a pair of goals, Andrei Vasilevsky It was great between the tubes. Vasilevsky finished 30 saves, nine of which came in the overtime period.
Point led all Lightning skiers by two points, winner of overtime and base assist Nikita KucherovThe equalizer in the third game.
The Bolts will now make their third trip north of the border back to Toronto for the winner-takes-all Match 7 game at the Scotiabank Arena on Saturday.
The first period
TBL 1, TOR 0
17:38 Ondrej Balat (3) – without assistance
With teams skating 4-on-4 late in the first half, Alexander Kervut mistook anyone in the neutral zone which Ondrej Balat easily intercepted. With time and space on the right wing, Bale hit a ball that Jack Campbell could only shoot for a piece on its way to the net.
TBL 2, TOR 0
10:46 Anthony Cirelli (1) – Unassisted – SHG
Another spin ended up in the neutral at the back of the Toronto grid and this time it came with shortening the bolts. Anthony Cirelli intercepted the pass and smashed the right wing. With Mark Giordano on his back, Cirelli pulled back and fired a powerful shot into the net to double Tampa Bay’s lead.
TBL 2, TOR 1
11:40 Auston Matthews (4) – Mark Giordano, William Nylander
Lightning’s two-goal lead lasted less than a minute before Austin Matthews scored his fourth goal in the series. Giordano fired a shot from what looked like it was off target, but Matthews’ header put it back in the frame and passed Andrei Vasilevsky.
TBL 2, TOR 2
19:26 John Tavares (2) – Jason Spiza, Ondrej Cassie
John Tavares’ shot from the left flank was blocked by Vasilevsky, but the rebounding ball jumped in the air and rebounded and found the back net to equalize the match.
TOR 3, TBL 2
19:52 John Tavares (2) – William Nylander, Alexander Kerfoot
The disastrous final minute of the period ended with a goal by Tavares Verde in the last 10 seconds. William Nylander led the left flank and turned back to Tavares, who had stopped inside the confrontational circle, to fire a shot that overpowered Vasilevsky.
TOR 3, TBL 3
9:20 Nikita Kucherov (2) – Brayden PointAnd Stephen Stamkos – PPG
Lightning did exactly what they needed to do after consecutive heavy kicks on David Kampf and Kerfoot gave them 1:45 of 5-on-3. Tampa Bay was patient and worked on Nikita Kucherov in the right circle for a shot that smashed through traffic past Campbell for the equaliser.
TBL 4, TOR 3
18:04 Brayden Point (2) – Alex KillornAnd Brandon Hagel
It was by no means the most beautiful goal Brayden Point has ever scored, but it is certainly one of the most important. Alex Killorn’s shot was snagged out of the hole but still made it to Campbell. The point was lurking in front of the net and was able to jam it over the line to keep Tampa Bay’s season alive.