TAMPA, Fla. — The Toronto Maple Leafs were close to that feeling of playoff success.
That was until Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brayden Point scored the winner late in the first overtime to defeat Toronto 4-3 and force a deciding Game 7 in Saturday in Toronto.
“Loved how we played in overtime, We attacked, we had chances, plenty of opportunities to finish it and really gave them nothing, until they had the look and they made good on their one look. That’s the difference.”
Toronto had nine shots on goal in the overtime session compared to five from Tampa.
Heading into the second period, it looked as thought the Maple Leafs were going to get the job done.
After going down 2-0, Toronto managed to battle back with three consecutive goals to erase that deficit for the second consecutive night. They were in the driver’s seat with a one-goal lead until they took two high-sticking penalties just 15 seconds apart.
The latter of the two penalties issued to Kerfoot, came with some controversy as it appeared like Tampa’s Victory Hedman helped in raising the the Toronto forward’s stick.
Tampa’s Nikita Kucherov tied the game with the 5-on-3 advantage.
“Unfortunate the way it went in the third period but I thought we regrouped well,” Maple Leafs captain John Tavares sai …
Author: David Alter / The Leafs Nation