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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs
Recap

Nicholas Paul plays Game 7 hero as Lightning oust Leafs

May 15, 2022, 2:07 AM

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Nicholas Paul scored his first two career playoff goals and the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 to take the first-round playoff series in seven games.

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 30 shots in a strong effort in goal for the Lightning, whose pursuit of a third straight Stanley Cup remains alive.

Morgan Rielly scored for the Maple Leafs, who have not won a first-round playoff series in seven attempts since 2004.

Jack Campbell made 23 saves for Toronto.

Paul scored his first career playoff goal at 18:24 of the first period, After carrying the puck up the left wing on a breakout following a Toronto rush, he knocked in the rebound from Ross Colton's shot. Cal Foote also earned an assist.

The goal came shortly after Tampa Bay's Brayden Point went to the locker room with an apparent leg injury. Point returned to play one shift in the second period and no more afterward although he stayed on the bench.

Tampa Bay had an 8-6 advantage in shots on goal after one period.

John Tavares put the puck in the net for Toronto at 8:32 of the second period. It did not count, however, because Justin Holl had been called for interference.

Tampa Bay applied furious pressure on the power play, but Toronto was able to survive.

Rielly tied the game on his third goal of the series at 13:25 of the second. Matthews set up Rielly for a shot from the right circle. Mitchell Marner also assisted.

Paul answered with his second goal at 16:32 of the second. He eluded TJ Brodie and kicked the puck back up to his stick before shooting it past Campbell. It came shortly after Vasilevskiy made a superb save.

Tampa Bay had a 19-14 edge in shots on goal after two periods.

Campbell was shaken up but stayed in the game early in the third period when Paul crashed into the net on another rush.

Toronto went on a power play at 6:19 of the third but Vasilevskiy held up under intense pressure.

Toronto removed Campbell for an extra attacker with more than two minutes to play, but the Lightning held off all challenges to advance.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Lightning
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Maple Leafs' playoff hex looms over Game 7 vs. Lightning

May 13, 2022, 8:51 PM

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The visiting Tampa Bay Lightning and the Toronto Maple Leafs carry contrasting recent playoff histories into Game 7 of their first-round playoff series Saturday night.

The Lightning kept alive their hopes of a third straight Stanley Cup on Thursday when Brayden Point scored at 18:04 of overtime to give them a 4-3 victory in Game 6 at Tampa.

"Game 7s, as they say, flip a coin," Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. "You never know what's going to happen. So (Point) gave us a chance with that big goal. It's about wins this time of the year, and this group has proved that we don't care how it gets done. We just want to get it done."

The Maple Leafs, on the other hand, are trying to get past the first playoff round for the first time since 2004. They have failed in six attempts since.

Since 2018, the Leafs have lost eight consecutive games in which they had a chance to win a series. They lost Game 7 to the Boston Bruins in 2018; Games 6 and 7 to Boston in 2019; Game 5 in a best-of-five series in 2020 to the Columbus Blue Jackets; Games 5, 6 and 7 to the Montreal Canadiens in 2021; and Thursday's Game 6 to Tampa Bay.

"We can't change anything now," said Auston Matthews, who scored Toronto's first goal on Thursday. "It's about this next game and going out there with the purpose and details and competing for 60 minutes or whatever it takes."

The Lightning scored the first two goals Thursday as they did in losing Game 5 on Tuesday. Toronto took the lead Thursday when John Tavares scored twice within 26 seconds in the final minute of the second period.

Nikita Kucherov's third-period goal tied the game when two high-sticking calls 16 seconds apart on David Kampf and Alexander Kerfoot gave the Lightning a two-man advantage.

Toronto questioned the call on Kampf when video showed that defenseman Cal Foote took the stick to his shoulder and not to his face.

"In that moment, it's tough to take," Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said. "But I have the benefit of slow-motion replay, officials don't, so they're in a tough position. Certainly, it's a tough one to take, but that's the way the game goes."

The Maple Leafs had opportunities to win, particularly in overtime when they had a 9-6 advantage in shots on goal and created the better scoring chances.

"Loved how we played in overtime," Keefe said. "We attacked, we had chances, plenty of opportunities to finish it and really gave them nothing until they had the look. They made good on their one look. That's the difference."

Lightning coach Jon Cooper noted that Tampa Bay capitalized on its special-teams opportunities, which he considered a theme of the series.

"We (scored) a four-on-four goal, power-play goal, short-handed goal," Cooper said. "It's just been the tale of the series for both teams. We just won that war tonight."

Now one winner-take-all game will decide whether the Maple Leafs will get the proverbial monkey off their backs or if the Lightning will extend their postseason mastery.

"They're two-time Stanley Cup champions," Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly said. "They know how to handle these situations. And we're trying to break through."

--Field Level Media

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Toronto Maple Leafs
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Leafs' Michael Bunting to return for Game 2 vs. Lightning

May 4, 2022, 4:32 PM

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Toronto Maple Leafs forward Michael Bunting will return to the lineup for Wednesday's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference first-round series against the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning, coach Sheldon Keefe announced.

Bunting sustained a knee injury in Toronto's 3-2 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers on April 23. He missed the Maple Leafs' final three games of the regular season and series-opening 5-0 victory over the Lightning on Monday.

He will fill a lineup void with Kyle Clifford serving a one-game suspension for his hit on Lightning forward Ross Colton in the series opener.

Bunting, 26, recorded 63 points (23 goals, 40 assists) in 79 games this season, his first with Toronto.

He has 77 points (34 goals, 43 assists) in 105 career games with the Arizona Coyotes and Maple Leafs. He was selected by the then-Phoenix Coyotes in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at San Jose Sharks
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Maple Leafs F Kyle Clifford faces hearing with NHL

May 3, 2022, 3:30 PM

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Toronto Maple Leafs forward Kyle Clifford will have a hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety on Tuesday following his hit on Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ross Colton in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.

Clifford was ejected from the Maple Leafs' 5-0 victory on Monday after receiving a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for boarding.

Clifford hit Colton into the glass in the neutral zone at 6:59 of the first period. Colton was not injured on the play, and the Lightning mustered just two shots on the ensuing five-minute power play.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday in Toronto.

Clifford, 31, recorded three points (one goal, two assists) and 31 penalty minutes in 23 games with the Maple Leafs this season. He also had an assist in two games with the St. Louis Blues in 2021-22.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Toronto Maple Leafs
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Leafs' Michael Bunting to sit out final two games of season

April 26, 2022, 6:22 PM

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Forward Michael Bunting will sit out the Toronto Maple Leafs' final two games of the regular season before having his lower-body injury re-evaluated prior to the playoffs.

Bunting, 26, sustained the injury in Toronto's 3-2 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday. He did not play in the Maple Leafs' 4-3 shootout win against the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

"He obviously skated today so a very positive sign," Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said Tuesday. "He's not going to play this week and then we will re-evaluate him from there, but things are looking positive."

Bunting has recorded 63 points (23 goals, 40 assists) in 79 games this season.

He has 77 points (34 goals, 43 assists) in 105 career games with the Arizona Coyotes and Maple Leafs. He was selected by the then-Phoenix Coyotes in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

--Field Level Media

NCAA Hockey: Frozen Four Championship Game-Denver vs Minnesota State
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Maple Leafs sign Hobey Baker-winning G Dryden McKay

April 26, 2022, 2:34 AM

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Goaltender Dryden McKay, the reigning Hobey Baker Award winner as the top player in college hockey, signed a two-year contract on Monday with the Toronto Maple Leafs' AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.

McKay, who starred for four seasons at Minnesota State, recently received a six-month suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after a positive test for ostarine, a prohibited substance. The 24-year-old goalie blamed the positive test on a tainted vitamin D3 immune booster that he took to avoid COVID-19.

He is coming off a season in which he went 38-5-0 with a 1.31 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage. McKay guided Minnesota State to the national championship game, where it lost 5-1 to Denver.

McKay's 38 wins were a single-season NCAA Division I record, and he also broke the Division I mark for most career shutouts, posting 34.

He ended up 113-20-4 with a 1.46 GAA and a .932 save percentage over 140 games for Minnesota State.

According to the Marlies, per McKay's drug suspension, he will be eligible to enter club facilities on Aug. 25 and play for the team beginning Oct. 11.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Stanley Cup Champions Tampa Bay Lighning-White House Visit
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Stanley Cup champion Lightning honored at White House

April 26, 2022, 12:44 AM

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It was a long time coming, but the Tampa Bay Lightning finally celebrated their Stanley Cup championships at the White House on Monday.

Though the Lightning won the Stanley Cup three times, it was the first time the team was honored at the White House by a sitting president. The NHL's lockout in 2004-05 kept the team from going to Washington after that title, and the pandemic pushed back Monday's visit until after Tampa Bay claimed back-to-back championships.

In honoring the Lightning for their titles the past two seasons, President Joe Biden praised the team's efforts amid the pandemic and noted that first lady Jill Biden had attended a vaccination event at the team's arena last year.

"I'm not saying that the first lady being there at your arena during the playoffs is why you won," Biden said. "But just saying that she was there during the election season, as well. She seems to show up when people win. Just something to think about."

The majority of the last season's team was in attendance Monday -- there were no noticeable absences -- and some players from the 2019-20 club made appearances.

"Pretty much everybody was on board, and everybody that could make it -- former players and stuff -- they all tried to make it here," alternate captain Ryan McDonagh said. "It's just a great tradition that we have: You become part of a championship team, you get to go to the White House and meet the president."

"It was a long time in the making," captain Steven Stamkos said. "We weren't sure if we were going to get this opportunity, but it was certainly worth the wait."

--Field Level Media

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs
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Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews to return vs. Panthers

April 23, 2022, 7:05 PM

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Toronto Maple Leafs star forward Auston Matthews will return to the lineup for Saturday's road game against the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Fla.

Matthews, who leads the NHL with a career-best 58 goals, has been sidelined for three games with an undisclosed injury.

"It's been a little bit difficult just trying to work through it," Matthews said Saturday. "I feel comfortable getting back in tonight. These are important games for us coming up, so it's exciting.

"I think you can always take the positive and the negative. Obviously I don't like to not play. It's never fun sitting out, never fun watching games when you wish you could be in there. But you've got to take the good with the bad and hopefully that little bit of rest is beneficial. Obviously I'd much prefer to be playing."

Matthews, 24, also has posted career-high totals in assists (44) and points (102) in 70 games this season.

He has 453 points (257 goals, 196 assists) in 404 career games since being selected by the Maple Leafs with the top overall pick of the 2016 NHL Draft.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Heritage Classic-Toronto Maple Leafs at Buffalo Sabres
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NHL fines Maple Leafs' Wayne Simmonds, Kyle Clifford

April 22, 2022, 5:26 PM

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The NHL issued fines Friday to Toronto Maple Leafs forwards Kyle Clifford and Wayne Simmonds.

Clifford was fined $2,500 for high-sticking Corey Perry in Toronto's 8-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

Simmonds was fined $2,250 for charging Mikhail Sergachev later in the same game.

The fine amounts were the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement.

Clifford drew a match penalty after hitting Perry in the head at 8:10 of the third period. Simmonds earned a 10-minute penalty about seven minutes later.

Clifford, 31, has four points (one goal, three assists) and 31 penalty minutes in 22 games this season with the St. Louis Blues and Maple Leafs.

Simmonds, 33, has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) and 96 penalty minutes in 69 games.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs
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Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews out vs. Flyers

April 19, 2022, 3:41 PM

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Toronto Maple Leafs star forward Auston Matthews will sit out his second straight game with an undisclosed injury, coach Sheldon Keefe announced Tuesday morning.

Matthews skated on the ice Tuesday morning, hours before the Maple Leafs (50-20-6, 106 points) were slated to host the Philadelphia Flyers (23-42-11, 57 points).

Keefe refused to divulge the nature of the injury for Matthews, who also sat out Toronto's 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday.

"Given the time of year and the fact it's pretty minor and I think he's going to move past it pretty quickly," Keefe said, via TSN. "So, we'll just leave it at that."

Matthews, 24, is in the midst of a career season. Entering play on Tuesday, Matthews has an NHL-leading 58 goals to go along with 44 assists and 102 points in 70 games this season.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs
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Leafs' Auston Matthews day to day with minor injury

April 18, 2022, 12:42 AM

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Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews is listed as day to day after being scratched from Sunday's game against the New York Islanders because of an undisclosed minor injury.

Matthews suffered the injury during a 5-4 overtime victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said John Tavares would replace Matthews on the front line.

Matthews, who is in his sixth NHL season, has a league-high 58 goals and needs just two for his first 60-goal season.

Toronto has six games remaining after Sunday's contest.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Edmonton Oilers
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Lightning re-sign G Brian Elliott to 1-year deal

April 15, 2022, 3:32 PM

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The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed goaltender Brian Elliott to a one-year contract on Friday.

The team said the contract is valued at $900,000.

Elliott, 37, is in his first season as the backup goaltender with the Lightning after signing a one-year free-agent deal in July. He has a 9-3-3 record with one shutout, a 2.23 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in 14 starts and 16 appearances.

Andrei Vasilevskiy is entrenched as the starting goalie.

The second-to-last pick of the 2003 NHL Draft by Ottawa, Elliott has played 15 seasons with the Senators, Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames, Philadelphia Flyers and Lightning.

His career record is 265-158-52 with a 2.52 GAA and .911 save percentage.

A two-time All-Star, Elliott has led the NHL in save percentage twice -- .940 in 2011-12 and .930 in 2015-16.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Florida Panthers at Toronto Maple Leafs
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Maple Leafs G Petr Mrazek (groin) out six weeks

March 31, 2022, 4:06 PM

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Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Petr Mrazek will miss the rest of the regular season with a groin injury, coach Sheldon Keefe confirmed Thursday.

The Maple Leafs (42-19-5, 89 points) finish the season on April 29. Toronto entered Thursday in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, and the Stanley Cup playoffs begin on May 2.

Mrazek, 30, sustained the injury during the first period of Toronto's 6-4 road win against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. He stopped three of four shots before being replaced by Erik Kallgren.

Kallgren will start Thursday night against the visiting Winnipeg Jets as the Maple Leafs wait for Jack Campbell to recover from a rib injury. Campbell has been out since March 8.

Mrazek concludes his first season in Toronto with a 12-6-0 record, a 3.34 goals-against average and a .888 save percentage. He signed a three-year, $11.4 million contract last July.

He owns a 140-102-31 record with 24 shutouts, a 2.64 GAA and a .909 save percentage in 295 career games with the Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes and Leafs.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Vancouver Canucks
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Lightning D Ryan McDonagh (upper body) out indefinitely

March 27, 2022, 5:19 PM

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Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury, the team announced.

McDonagh was injured while blocking a shot from Brandon Carlo in the third period of the Lightning's 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on Thursday. McDonagh, who had a team-high six blocked shots, returned for one shift before retreating to the locker room.

McDonagh, 32, has 21 points (three goals, 18 assists) and a team-leading 116 blocked shots through 60 games in his 12th NHL season.

The two-time Stanley Cup winner has 331 points (70 goals, 262 assists) in 772 career games with the New York Rangers and Lightning. McDonagh was selected by the Montreal Canadiens with the 12th overall pick of the 2007 NHL Draft.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Minnesota Wild
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Report: Flyers acquire D Brennan Menell from Maple Leafs

March 23, 2022, 11:30 PM

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The Philadelphia Flyers acquired defenseman Brennan Menell from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday in exchange for future considerations, according to a report from ESPN.

Menell, 24, appeared in five games with the Minnesota Wild during the 2019-20 campaign. He has appeared in 20 games this season for the AHL's Toronto Marlies, registering one goal and four assists in 20 games.

The 5-foot-11 Minnesota native also has 15 penalty minutes and a minus-6 rating for the Marlies this season.

Although the NHL trade deadline was Monday, Menell will be able to play this season for Philadelphia's AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

--Field Level Media