Maple Leafs eliminated from playoffs by Tampa Bay Lightning after 2–1 loss in Game 7

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.

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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.

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) reacts after an NHL playoff series first round loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Toronto on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

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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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