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Victor Hedman’s four-point effort boosts Lightning over Maple Leafs

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May 4, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) celebrates his goal scored during the first period of game two of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Victor Hedman had a playoff career-best four points with a goal and three assists Wednesday night and the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 in Game 2 of the first-round playoff series.

The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1.

Nikita Kucherov added a goal and two assists for the Lightning. Corey Perry, Brandon Hagel and Brayden Point also scored. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 31 shots for Tampa Bay.

Mitchell Marner had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs. Michael Bunting and Alexander Kerfoot also scored and Auston Matthews added two assists. Jack Campbell made 29 saves.

Tampa Bay scored a power-play goal at 19:57 of the first period. Hedman gathered a loose puck in front of the goal before patiently putting the puck past Campbell. Alex Killorn earned the assist. Kerfoot was off for holding.

Toronto had a 13-9 advantage in shots on goal after one period.

Vasilevskiy made a superb glove save on Timothy Liljegren at 1:26 of the second period.

Hedman’s stretch pass sent Perry into the clear and his shot found the five-hole at 2:21 of the second period.

Bunting scored at 7:47 of the second on a pass from Marner after forechecking by Matthews helped create a turnover in the corner.

Kucherov went top shelf to score from the slot on a power play at 9:57 of the second. Hedman and Steven Stamkos earned assists. Wayne Simmonds was off for roughing.

Tampa Bay led 23-21 in shots on goal after two periods.

Hagel scored his first career playoff goal at 1:33 of the third period, stuffing in his own rebound. It came at the end of a 3-on-2 rush with Nicholas Paul and Kucherov.

Point scored on a power play at 5:38 of the third. Simmonds was off for crosschecking.

Marner scored on a shot through traffic at 11:53 of the third. Kerfoot scored a shorthanded goal at 15:43 of the third.

Toronto’s Kyle Clifford served a one-game suspension after he received a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding in Game 1.

Zach Bogosian replaced Jan Rutta for Tampa Bay.

-Field Level Media