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Nick Paul lifts Lightning to Game 7 win over Maple Leafs

Nick Paul lifts Lightning to Game 7 win over Maple Leafs

On a night time the place targets were being at a quality, Paul picked the perfect time to notch the initial playoff tallies of his job.

Paul pounced on a rebound scoring on a just one-handed backhand shot in a restricted first time period to place the Lightning up 1- with 1:36 still left. 

The Leafs eventually received on the board t 13:25 in the second period of time. Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner aided established up Morgan Rielly, who sniped a aim glove-aspect, tying the activity 1-1. 

With 3:28 remaining in the next period, Paul collected a free puck just within the Maple Leafs’ zone, deked all-around defensemen T.J. Brodie and rifled home his second objective to put Tampa Bay up for very good.

With the Lightning up 2-1 soon after two durations, Vasilevskiy shut the doorway, turning absent all 17 shots he confronted in the third period. Vasilevskiy built 30 saves off 31 full photographs and saved all 7 pictures faced in opposition to Toronto’s powerplay. 

The defending again-to-back Stanley Cup Winner Lightning progress to the 2nd spherical of the playoffs, exactly where they’re going to encounter the Florida Panthers. On Friday night, the Panthers defeated the Washington Capitals in extra time, 4-3, successful that very first-round sequence in 6 video games.