Two-time defending champions Tampa Bay Lightning have kept their hopes of a three-game losing streak and the Toronto Maple Leafs suffered another Game 7 disappointment with a 2-1 loss at home on Saturday night.
Trade deadline takeover Nick Paul scored two goals and goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy conceded at least three goals in the first six games of the first-round series, and keeper Andrei Vasilevskiy did a great job giving the Lightning 30 saves that gave him a ninth consecutive win in the series. recorded.
However, there are injuries to worry about as the Lightning are gearing up to face the overall seeded Florida Panthers in round two.
Forward Braden Point limped on the ice in the first period and was unable to put any weight on his legs after an awkward fall.
Surprisingly, points came out in the second period. But he went on one shift and was obviously still working. He stayed there by skating to the bench and didn’t get on the ice for the rest of the game.
It will be difficult for Lightning if he can’t get to the beginning of the next series. Point scored the overtime winner in Game 6 and led the Lightning in scoring 14 goals each over two Stanley Cup runs.
The Maple Leafs haven’t won a playoff series since 2004.
Patrice Bergeron says it’s too early to make any decisions about the future.
Boston Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron had time to hug teammates from the ice after a 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricane.
But if that’s a sign that the pending unlimited free agent is saying goodbye, it isn’t, he said.
“It’s always hard when it ends like this, so basically, thank you for fighting with us every day, and I’m more grateful for sharing. It’s not a prickly feeling, but we did it together. He told reporters.
Bergeron said it’s too early to make any decisions about his future.
“It’s so fresh right now,” he said. “The results of the series we’ve been fighting hard for are still sore and we’re lacking. I should definitely think about it, but I’m not there right now.”
Bergeron won the 2011 Stanley Cup, won the Selke Trophy (Top Defensive Forward) 4 times and reached the finals 6 times.
Bruins striker Brad Marchand has called Bergeron the backbone of the team.
“We want him to come back, but we’ve got the right to make the decisions he wants and take the time he needs, no matter what happens,” he said. “I think time will tell.”
The NHL has decided not to penalize Flames’ Nikita Zadorov for hitting.
The Calgary Flames will sign strong defender Nikita Zadorov in Game 7 against the Dallas Stars on Sunday after NHL player Safety removed him with a hit by Luke Glendening.
After the hearing, the department said, “There was significant head contact in this play, but Zadorov approached him at a decent angle and did not extend out or upwards and penetrated Glendening’s core.” “Therefore, under Rule 48.1(i), head contact has been determined to be unavoidable.”
Zadorov has two assists, 18 hits and a 20-minute penalty in the playoffs.