Game #6: It’s a great day for the Maple Leafs to eliminate the Lightning

Thursday is a great day for the Toronto Maple Leafs to have the chance to eliminate the Tampa Bay Lightning in the playoffs.
Toronto has a chance to re-write history, to slay the dragon that is the first round, to put their demons behind them, and become what they were predicted to be in the last two or three seasons — Stanley Cup contenders.
To get there, though, they’re going to have to get past the back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions, which won’t be an easy feat.
The Lines
I’ll begin with the Lightning because they were first on the ice this morning before tonight’s game.

a look at the lines …
Palat – Stamkos – Kucherov Cirelli – Point – Killorn Hagel – Paul – Colton Maroon – Bellemare – Perry
— Gabby Shirley (@Gabby_Shirley_) May 12, 2022

Every skater took part in Tampa’s morning skate and Lightning head coach Jon Cooper has elected to go with the same lineup as he’s had in previous games.
After their skate earlier this morning, Corey Perry addressed the media and discussed how the Lightning’s championship pedigree can help in elimination games like on Thursday night.

Perry on how the championship pedigree helps here: “They know, in that dressing room, how to win and it’s a matter of going out executing and playing our game plan and making sure that the effort is there”
— Gabby Shirley (@Gabby_Shirley_) May 12, 2022

Cooper added yesterday that there’s “no doubt” the team will be ready for Game 6.
Looking at the other s …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

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