Mulch, again: Lightning wins Game 7 in Toronto to keep Maple Leafs dry

The Maple Leafs were once again unable to move on and finally overturn a long and ugly tale of series playoff failures that have lost the last seven series, including six in a row dating back to 2017.

Toronto 7-3 all time at home in Game 7s, including losing at Scotiabank Arena last season after topping out 3-1 in the series against Montreal Canadiens.

Down, 1-0, after 20 minutes into this, the Maple Leafs looked to tie the score at 11:28 of a second when John Tavares Roofing shot on Vasilevskiy, but the goal loomed after the Toronto defense Justin Hall whistle to intervene.

Campbell had to stop despairing in the ensuing penalty to clear the way for Riley’s equaliser. Mitch Marner And Auston Matthews to score his third qualifying game at 6:35 to send the crowd of 19,316 into a chaotic frenzy.

The goal was Vasilevskiy and Lightning’s first surrender in the last six crucial matches. William Nylander He then roared high on a breakup, stole Tampa Matthews goalkeeper and fired the Maple Leafs hustle.

But Paul scored his second goal of the night – and his second ever in the playoffs – with 3:28 left in the period in an impressive play as he kicked the disc from his sled to his stick.

Tampa almost made it 3-1 at the end of the period when Kucherov hit the post from the slot.

Vasilevskiy was under siege throughout Toronto’s strong play after just over six minutes into the third minute, but he kept the home side in suspense despite some furious pressure.

Toronto has continued to squeeze inside a skating rink full of anxiety and tension over time.

However, the Maple Leafs couldn’t find a way to get Campbell off the bench for an extra skater to complete another chapter of supplement disappointment.

Despite his underdog defeat, the Capitals go into their season frustrated by the missed opportunity

Alex Ovechkin He thinks it’s a mess that Washington Capitals haven’t won a playoff series since lifting the Stanley Cup in 2018.

This time, they have only themselves to blame.

“We’ve got it, but we’re blowing it away,” Ovechkin said Friday night after his team’s sixth game loss to the Florida Panthers. “It’s on us.”

There have been excuses ready before, from training shortcomings in 2019 and 2020 to a barrage of injuries in 2021. Ovechkin may not have been healthy this spring after injuring his left shoulder late in the regular season, but the star striker and striker embraced the Capitals mentality “no excuses”. The mantra was even printed on their equipment.

After going up 1-0 and 2-1 in the first round series and going up in each of the last three games, there were no excuses for another early exit.

The wing player said TJ O’Shea, who scored six goals and was Washington’s best player in the series. “I don’t think the all-in side has been completely in the past two years. This year, I think we were very close to being 100% on board, and we let three games slip away. In the playoffs, the margin of error is very small.”

They let Florida, the NHL regular season’s best team and highest scoring offense, tie Game 4 in the final minutes and lose in overtime. They blew a 3-0 lead in Florida in Game 5 to fall behind in the series. And they again let the Panthers get through from behind to win Game 6 and end the series, although that took more OT tournaments than Carter Verhaghi After Oshie tied with 1:03 left in regulation.

“We spent a lot of time with the series on our hands, and I think that’s more painful,” he said. John Carlson She said. “It’s been something we’ve been good at all year round, too, is canceling matches when the time is right, and we’ve been off a lot.”

The playoff breakout once again plunges the capitals into another season of uncertainty. Limited to long-term contracts for seasoned key players and general manager Brian McClellan The list cannot be blown up with wholesale changes. But with the $1 million salary cap only going up, there will be changes.

It is unlikely that the Capitals team will repeat the third season in a row with goalkeepers Ilya Samsonov And Vitik Vanishek. Samsonov took the playoff starter position starting in Game 3 and played well up to some difficulty in the Florida Playoff Series, but he could have more value in the commercial market and Vanecek could be a stable 1B goalkeeper going forward.

Third Line Center Lars Elerwho has one year left on his contract, it would make sense to move because he is young Conor McMichael He may now be ready for a full-time NHL role in the middle.

It all depends on the case Niklas Backstrom, who missed the first two months of the season with a nagging thigh injury and may need another full summer of training to get back to feeling right. Anything less than Backstrom being himself makes it difficult for Washington to compete for an accessory spot, let alone another championship.

With Ovechkin turning 37 in September, Oshie 35, Backstrom 34 and Carlson 32, it will take a serious infusion of young talent for the Capitals to win the cup again during this era. Moments after another chance to advance in the playoffs and take that shot, I fell back, the feeling was about a missed opportunity more than anything else, despite entering as an underdog.

“It’s disappointing,” coach Peter Laviolette She said. “I thought our guys played hard. We had chances to win and…against a team that proved to be the top team in the league, we played hard. The games could have gone either way. They just didn’t go our way. I think that’s the part that went our way. You should leave it in your stomach for a while.”

Dallas rebounds and strengthens Game 7 in Calgary

Joe Pavlesky The Dallas stars were urgently skating in the third inning. If not, this could easily be their last season.

Miro Heskanen He scored the green light’s goal late in the second half and the stars recovered after taking a two-goal lead by defeating the Calgary Flames 4-2 on Friday night to force the decisive Match 7 in the first round of the Western Conference series. .

“The message was we had to get a good third. We didn’t always have a good third sometimes with the lead, and we wanted to try to kind of change that,” Pavlesky said. enough. Tonight was one of those situations that I think everyone bought into. We took a step in the right direction to do so.”

Calgary were in a position to shut down the wild card stars after their 3-1 home win in Game Five on Wednesday night, when the Pacific Division champions scored all of their goals in the third inning.

The series will instead return to Saddledome for the Definitive Match 7 on Sunday night. Calgary is 5-7 in the 7s, but has won only once out of seven played since 1990.

“Hell game. We couldn’t get the equalizer,” Calgary coach somewhat terse Daryl Sutter She said.

Heiskanen’s first goal in this qualifier came with a shot from 40 feet with a bunch of traffic in front of goalkeeper Flames. Jacob Markstrom. This came with 2:28 remaining in the second half, with both teams scoring two goals.

With their season on the line, the stars didn’t give up during the third period.

We chased after them instead of sitting down. …that was one of our third best periods of the year, and it was just in time, ” Michael Ravel She said.

“That was NHL hockey at its best. It was a great hockey game,” coach Rick Bowness She said. “Both teams, both goalkeepers, were fantastic.”

Rob Hintz Raffle also scored for Dallas and Tyler Seguin Netter added a blank at the last minute. Boston University product Jake Oettingerthe 23-year-old goalkeeper who had not started a playoff before this series, stopped 36 shots.

Markstrom also saved 36 times.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: