Game #4 Recap: Lightning overwhelm the Leafs 7-3 to tie the series

After the Leafs took the 2-1 series lead in Game 3 on Friday, they had to know that the Lightning would come back fighting hard in Game 4 last night. Perhaps that fear and anticipation was a self-fulfilling prophecy, as the Lightning wiped the floor with Toronto as they did in Game 2.
When the Lightning got to the early lead, it felt almost like fate. The Leafs were meant to lose this one, badly, to charge them up for Game 5 at home (or so I hope, at least). Here was the first one, a one-time clapper from Steven Stamkos:

Stamkos gets one going fast! #StanleyCup | #GoBolts pic.twitter.com/8OQrscoOWg
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 8, 2022

The misfortune continued from there and, since this is The Leafs Nation, I’ll spare you having to scroll through all of the gifs of the Lightning goals that eventually put them up 5-0, and then 7-3 with the two empy netters.
As the Leafs won Game 3 with just 3 goals past Andrei Vasilevskiy, the Lightning beat Jack Campbell for 5 in the first two periods and their other 2 were on an empty net. Erik Kallgren came into the game in relief of Campbell to re-energize the team, and stopped all 8 shots he faced.
And just like they had in Game 2, the Leafs were able to get a few consolation goals. Meaningless for this game, but a reminder that you can score against this team, and something to carry into the next game. The Leafs again scored 3 on one of the best playoff goalies around in Vasilevskiy, but it wasn’t enough.
Here were the two goals scored by the previously goal-less William Nylander:

William Nylander gets the Leafs pic.twitter.com/tUmqMZcrbo
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) May 9, 2022

Another one for Willy!
Nylander and Tavares combine for the @MapleLeafs 2nd of the night
pic.twitter.com/qChERoajh4
— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) May 9, 2022

Jake Muzzin got a third one with a beautiful point shot:

Jake Muzzin gets a shot through traffic pic.twitter.com/7JSFcMf5hZ
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) May 9, 2022

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

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