The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to make life difficult for the Tampa Bay Lightning, the two-time NHL champion in title. Friday, in Florida, the Canadian franchise has clearly imposed (5-2) and now leads by two wins to one.
Toronto was already leading 2-0 after ten minutes, thanks to Morgan Reilly and Colin Blackwell. Tampa Bay then came back to 3-2, on goals from Ross Colton and Ondrej Palat. But a double from Ilya Mikheyev, in the last two minutes, finally gave the victory to the Maple Leafs.
Official injured by falling plexiglass panel
Three other matches in the first round of the play-offs were played on Friday. The Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes (4-2) and are down two sets to one. The meeting was marked by the fall of a Plexiglas panel, under the blows of the spectators, on the head of an official, who collapsed. He was able to regain consciousness and was taken to hospital on a stretcher.
The Edmonton Oilers corrected the Los Angeles Kings (8-2), with a hat-trick from Evander Kane, and the Minnesota Wild clearly beat the St Louis Blues (5-1). The two winners now lead by two sets to one.