Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Tampa Bay Lightning affiliate Norfolk Admirals takes 3-0 lead in AHL Calder Cup final

TORONTO — Mike Kostka scored on a fluky bounce off the glass 9:09 into overtime to give Lightning affiliate Norfolk a 1-0 win over Toronto and a 3-0 lead in the AHL championship series Thursday night.

Kostka dumped the puck into Toronto's zone from center ice, and the puck rimmed around the glass, hit a stanchion and bounced almost sideways into an empty net as goalie Ben Scrivens went to play the puck.

"That's a one in a million thing," Scrivens told Toronto's Globe and Mail. "I was just hoping it wasn't going in."

Toronto coach Dallas Eakins was as frustrated by how the goal was scored as he was the loss.

"I would rather somebody take a pair of steel-toed boots and kick me in a delicate region than to lose a hockey game like that," said Eakins, who played in the NHL for 16 years and is in his third season coaching the Maple Leafs' affiliate.

Norfolk, 42-3 in its past 45 games going back to the regular season, can win the Calder Cup championship in Game 4 at 3 p.m. Saturday in Toronto.

The game will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.

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