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Nick Paul’s first two career postseason goals lift Tampa Bay over Toronto and into the second round.
Toronto Maple Leafs forward John Tavares (91) tries to tip the puck past Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) as Lightning forward Brayden Point (21) keeps close during the first period of Game 7 Saturday in Toronto.
Toronto Maple Leafs forward John Tavares (91) tries to tip the puck past Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) as Lightning forward Brayden Point (21) keeps close during the first period of Game 7 Saturday in Toronto. [ NATHAN DENETTE | Associated Press ]
Published May 14|Updated May 15

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Nick Paul’s first two career postseason goals lifted the Lightning to a 2-1 victory over the Maple Leafs Saturday in Game 7 of their opening-round series at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

Tampa Bay won their ninth straight postseason series dating back to 2020 despite losing Brayden Point in the second period to an apparent lower-body injury.

The Lightning advanced to the second round, where they will play the Panthers, who they defeated in the first round last season on their way to the second of consecutive Stanley Cup championships.

Paul’s second goal, with 3:28 remaining in the second period, came just over three minutes after the Leafs’ Morgan Rielly scored off the rush to tie the game at 1.

Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy was as sharp as ever in a series-clinching game, stopping 30 of 31 shots, including all 17 in the third period.

Ross Colton and Cal Foote assisted on the first of Paul’s goals. The second was unassisted.

Here’s how it happened:

Third period

Lightning forward Brayden Point (21) leaves the ice injured while playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period.
Lightning forward Brayden Point (21) leaves the ice injured while playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period. [ NATHAN DENETTE | Associated Press ]

Campbell stops McDonagh from the right circle on a 2-on-1 break

Perry slap shot from the top of the right circle smothered by Campbell

Hagel shot from in close doesn’t get through

Campbell drops to his knees to save quick shot from Kucherov from left point

Toronto shot from the point tipped just wide

Paul drives into the net and gets pushed by Blackwell into Campbell, who is shaken up, 16:02 left

Foote takes out Engvall

Palat penalized for hooking Marner, putting the Leafs on the power play with 13:41 remaining

Vasilevskiy saves Matthews blast from the right circle

Vasilevskiy stops Nylander one-timer from left circle, then Marner from in close

Rielly shot tipped in front by Matthews, but Vasilevskiy stops it

Lightning kill the Palat penalty, but the Leafs continue to pressure the net

Bellemare shot from near the blue line caught by Campbell

Muzzin wrist shot from the left circle goes wide

Rielly shot blocked into the corner

Muzzin shot from the left point blocked in front

Giordano shot from the center point blocked in front

Mikheyev drives the left side of the net but stopped by Vasilevskiy

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Giordano wrist shot from long range blocked by Foote

Cirelli blocks a shot and sends the puck down the ice

Kucherov misses a chance for a breakaway when an official gets into his line of sight

Bellemare shot bounces off a leg and goes into the corner

Campbell fights off Stamkos backhander from low in the left circle after Kucherov forced a turnover in the neutral zone

Leafs pull Campbell in favor of an extra attacker

Vasilevskiy makes save on Rielly from the slot after turnover behind the Lightning net

Maple Leafs call a timeout

Campbell back in the Toronto net

Campbell leaves the ice

Lightning ice the puck when Hedman pass bounces past Kucherov

Lightning clear the puck off the glass and out of the zone for another icing call

(Lightning win 2-1, win series 4-3)

Second period

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell (36) make a save as defenseman Morgan Rielly (44) and Lightning center Brayden Point (21) watch the puck during the first period.
Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell (36) make a save as defenseman Morgan Rielly (44) and Lightning center Brayden Point (21) watch the puck during the first period. [ FRANK GUNN | AP ]

Brayden Point is back on the Lightning bench

The Leafs have 30 seconds of power-play time remaining

The Lightning kill the Stamkos penalty

Michael Bunting wrist shot saved by Vasilevskiy

Point briefly returns to the ice but quickly goes back to the bench after blocking a shot

Tavares shot from the lower left circle blocked by Ondrej Palat

Spezza and Blackwell knock down Paul

Muzzin shot-pass goes through the middle and wide

Muzzin wrist shot saved by Vasilevskiy

Brodie slap shot from center point saved by Vasilevskiy

Campbell stops Perry from lower left circle after pass from Paul

Campbell finds Perry shot through traffic with Maroon in front

Paul shot off the rush from low in left circle saved by Campbell after pass from Killorn

Matthews shot from right circle goes off Vasilevskiy’s pad

Apparent Maple Leafs goal by Tavares from the slot waved off after it was determined that Cirelli was picked illegally by Justin Holl, freeing Tavares. Holl penalized for interference, and Lightning will go on the power play

Kucherov shot from right circle blocked by Giordano

Campbell stops Hedman shot from the center point, then Killorn and Stamkos have chances in front, but Brodie knocks the puck away from Stamkos

Campbell stops Stamkos from left circle

Lightning apply incredible pressure, but Leafs manage to kill the Holl penalty

Matthews hits Cernak

Engvall shot off the rush from the left circle stopped by Vasilevskiy

MAPLE LEAFS GOAL: Rielly ties the score from right circle off the rush after one-touch pass from Matthews, who got the puck from Marner. Lightning 1, Leafs 1.

Engvall shot blocked

Bellemare shot goes off a stick into the glass

Nylander shoots high on a breakaway opportunity

Vasilevskiy stops Matthews from the left circle

LIGHTNING GOAL! Nick Paul’s second goal of the game (and the postseason) puts the Lightning back ahead. Paul scores from the slot after grabbing a loose puck along the wall just inside the blue line. Lightning 2, Leafs 1.

Rielly gets back down the ice to thwart a potential breakaway chance for Colton

(Lightning lead 2-1 after two periods)

First period

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) skates up ice past Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) during the first period.
Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) skates up ice past Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) during the first period. [ FRANK GUNN | AP ]

Nick Paul shot is blocked

David Kampf shot blocked by Corey Perry, and rebound attempt misses wide

Jake Muzzin shot from right point is blocked by Cal Foote

Brayden Point forces Alex Kerfoot turnover in Toronto zone, but runs out of room in front and Campbell makes the save

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare shot blocked

Auston Matthews hits Nick Paul

Morgan Rielly shot from the left point saved by Andrei Vasilevskiy. Moments earlier, Zach Bogosian went down on one knee to keep Rielly from driving to the net after Perry stepped on the puck and lost his footing.

Vasilevskiy makes save in tight on John Tavares

Matthews shot blocked by Foote

Marner shot saved by Vasilevskiy

Paul shot blocked by Tavares

Brandon Hagel penalized for tripping Kerfoot along the sideboards, and the Leafs go on the power play

Matthews shot from right circle misses wide and goes down the ice

Nylander wrister from right circle saved by Vasilevskiy

Tip from Tavares goes wide after pass through the slot from Matthews

Nylander misses wide from the left side

Lightning kill the penalty

Mark Giordano accidentally knocks puck over the glass, resulting in a delay of game penalty and the Lightning’s first power play

Nikita Kucherov wrister misses wide

David Kampf clears the puck out of the zone

Leafs get another clear

Steven Stamkos shot from left circle saved by Jack Campbell

Victor Hedman blast from center point is saved

Hedman wrist shot saved by Campbell

Marner pass on shorthanded break doesn’t get through

Leafs kill the Giordano penalty

Sharp-angle shot by Marner doesn’t get to the net

Jason Spezza blast from the right point saved by Vasilevskiy

Tavares drives the right side of the net, but Vasilevskiy makes the save

Marner wrist shot into traffic from the point knocked down

Point limped off the ice after going hard into the boards with 2:49 left. He lost his balance and got his right leg twisted underneath him as he was going back toward the boards

Giordano shot from the left point off the rush goes wide

LIGHTNING GOAL! Nick Paul scores his first-ever playoff goal on the counter attack after a Toronto odd-man rush. Paul outreaches Rielly to rebound of Ross Colton shot. Lightning 1-0, 1:36.

Maple Leafs go on the power play as Marner pulled down and Stamkos is called for holding

Vasilevskiy makes save on Mikheyev after cross-ice pass at the buzzer

(Lightning lead 1-0 after one period)

Pregame scouting report

Lightning center Brayden Point (21), left, tangles with Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin (8) during the first period of Game 6.
Lightning center Brayden Point (21), left, tangles with Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin (8) during the first period of Game 6. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]

Was it a one-game reprieve?

Or something more?

We’ll get an answer tonight, when the Lightning play the Maple Leafs in a winner-take-all Game 7 of their opening-round playoff series at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

Brayden Point scored the winning goal on a rebound of an Alex Killorn shot with less than two minutes remaining in overtime as Tampa Bay avoided elimination and extended the series with a 4-3 victory Thursday at Amalie Arena.

The win kept the Lightning’s hopes alive for a third consecutive Stanley Cup championship. But whether it was for another game or at least another series remains to be seen.

To advance, the Bolts will need a a similar effort to Thursday’s, when they came out fast, outshooting the Maple Leafs 12-6 in the first period, took a two-goal lead, then showed resiliency in coming back after the Leafs scored twice in a 26-second span of the second period to move ahead. Tampa Bay also played heavy, outhitting Toronto 60-48.

The Lightning’s stars showed up, as Vasilevskiy stopped 30 of 33 shots, including all 13 over the third and overtime periods, Nikita Kucherov scored the tying goal during a 5-on-3 power play with assists from Point and Steven Stamkos, and Victor Hedman was plus-2 with four shots on goal while playing a game-high 31:43.

Ondrej Palat scored his third goal of the playoffs, tying Ross Colton for the team lead, and Anthony Cirelli gave the Bolts their first shorthanded goal of the postseason with a spin-o-rama shot that was the most spectacular of the series so far.

On the other side of the ice, NHL goal-scoring leader Auston Matthews scored his fourth goal of the playoffs, John Tavares crammed two into the final 34 seconds of the second period, and William Nylander added two assists. Mitch Marner was held off the scoresheet but was a constant threat with the puck on his stick.

Can Tampa Bay reverse the trend in the series by becoming the first team to win back-to-back games and send Toronto to a 10th straight loss in a series-clinching game?

Follow our live coverage, starting at 7 p.m., as the Lightning have a chance to wrap up a ninth consecutive playoff series dating to 2020 and advance to the second round, where they would face the Panthers.

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