Nick Paul scored twice, including an incredible individual effort in the game-winner late in the second period, as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 in Game 7 on Saturday to win their first-round playoff series 4-3. .
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 30 saves for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions.
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Morgan Rielly answered for Toronto, which hasn’t advanced to the second round since 2004 and is now 0-9 in elimination games in the last five postseasons after also losing Game 6 by a score of 4-3 at Tampa two. nights before.
Jack Campbell stopped 23 shots.
Despite their best efforts, the Leafs once again failed to move forward and finally turn around a long and ugly narrative of playoff failure for a franchise that has now lost its last seven series, including six in a row since 2017.
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Toronto is now 7-3 all-time at home in Game 7, including a loss at Scotiabank Arena last season after blowing a 3-1 series lead against the Montreal Canadiens.
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