Leafs hit back, keep Tampa at bay to retake series lead
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Friday, May 6, 2022
Final Score: 5-2
The Toronto Maple Leafs headed down to the bay on Friday night, looking to hit back against the defending back-to-back champs after Wednesday’s game 2 loss. Despite some late life from Tampa, Toronto did exactly that, dismantling a charged Bolts team at home to take game 3, 5-2.
The first period was all Toronto as the buds outshot Tampa 15-9. Morgan Rielly wasted very little time in this one, picking up a loose rebound to score with just two seconds remaining on the powerplay. Colin Blackwell made it a two-goal lead just minutes later.
Into the second the Leafs held a comfortable 3-0 lead after some participation from David Kampf for his second of the series, but Tampa, not willing to bow out just yet. Alex Kerfoot would cough up a sloppy turnover in the neutral zone allowing Tampa to penetrate before Ross Colton wired one past Jack Campbell to get the Bolts on the board.
Ondrej Palat got Amalie Arena to their feet after finding twine himself to put Tampa back within just one early in the third. The Bolts applied pressure through the entire frame putting up 14 shots to Toronto’s seven, but Campbell stood on his head making some big saves to keep the Leafs ahead.
Tampa pulled Andrei Vasilevksiy late for the extra attacker, a move which proved to backfire after Steven Stamkos slipped up, gifting the open net to Ilya Mikheyev. Mikheyev would double down shortly thereafter to seal the game 3 victory.
The leafs, able to tone down their penalties tonight, giving Tampa Bay just three man advantages, while going 1/5 on the powerplay themselves.
Game 4 goes Sunday in the Bay as Toronto takes back their series lead at 2-1.
4:54 - TOR Morgan Rielly (1) 1-0
9:44 - TOR Colin Blackwell (1) 2-0
5:52 - TOR David Kampf (2) 3-0
11:03 - TB Ross Colton (1) 3-1
5:43 - TB Ondrej Palat (1) 3-2
18:20 - TOR Ilya Mikheyev (1) 4-2
19:55 - TOR Ilya Mikheyev (2) 5-2