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Early surge sends Leafs past Lightning in Game 3

May 6, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Giordano (55) and Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17) fight to control the puck during the first period of game three of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto’s Morgan Rielly, Colin Blackwell and David Kampf scored the first three goals of the game as the Maple Leafs defeated the host Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in a first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.

Toronto’s Ilya Mikheyev added two empty-net goals in the third period, and Pierre Engvall had three assists. Jack Campbell made 32 saves for the win.

Ondrej Palat had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, and Ross Colton also scored. Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 31 shots.

Game 4 of the best-of-seven series will be played Sunday in Tampa.

Toronto led 2-0 and had a 15-9 edge in shots on goal after one period.

Rielly scored a power-play goal at 4:54, putting in the rebound from a shot blocked by Mikhail Sergachev. Mitchell Marner and Michael Bunting earned assists. Pat Maroon was serving a delay-of-game penalty.

Ilya Lyubushkin joined the rush after leaving the penalty box to help set up Blackwell, who scored from the left circle at 9:14. Engvall also assisted on the goal that resulted from a breakout after Colton had a chance on the Toronto goal.

The Maple Leafs started the second period with two power plays, including 25 seconds with a five-on-three advantage, but managed only one shot in that span.

Kampf put Toronto ahead 3-0 at 5:52 of the second after a turnover in the neutral zone.

Colton scored a power-play goal from the right circle at 11:03 of the second on a pass from Sergachev, cutting the deficit to two. Justin Holl was off for holding.

Colton had an open net and hit the post at 15:22 of the second.

In one sequence early in the third period, Vasilevskiy stopped Auston Matthews on a breakaway and again on the rebound before Marner hit the goal post.

Palat scored on a high shot from the left circle at 5:43 of the third to pull Tampa Bay within 3-2.

Campbell made a superb save on Steven Stamkos at 13:18 of the third with the Lightning pressing on a power play.

Mikheyev scored on an empty net at 18:20 and 19:55.

Jason Spezza and Holl were added to Toronto’s lineup, replacing Wayne Simmonds and Timothy Liljegren, who both played the first two games of the series.

–Field Level Media