Maple Leafs Vs. Lightning Game 6: Live score, updates, highlights from first round of 2022 NHL playoffs

Well, that was quick.

The Lightning looked like they were going to head into the final 20 minutes with a 2-1 lead. Instead, the Maple Leafs scored two goals in the minute and now own a 3-2 lead after two periods in Game 6.

Tampa Bay is now 20 minutes away from elimination and Toronto is closing in on their first playoff series win since 2004.

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Can the Lightning survive to see another day, or will the Leafs finally get the first-round monkey off their back? The Sporting News will provide live updates and highlights.

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2nd period: Maple Leafs 3, Lightning 2

9:17 pm: Just like that the Maple Leafs have the lead heading into the third. They’ve been the better team in the third period this series and have all the momentum going into the intermission. Quiet building in Tampa.

9:16 pm: GOAL! Wow. John Tavares gets this one with 16 seconds left. Play starts in their own zone but are able to get up into the o-zone. William Nylander drives towards the net and finds Tavares alone near the slot for the goal. 26 seconds after the Spezza goal.

9:13 pm: GOAL! The Leafs tie the game up with 34 seconds left in the second. A shot by John Tavares hits Vasilevskiy and goes up. As Vasilevskiy is trying to bat the puck away, Jason Spezza gets a piece of it and it bounces into the net. Huge goal for the Leafs who have been the better third period team in this series.

9:11 pm: Chances on both ends. Mikheyev gets in alone, but with only one hand on his stick, makes it easy for Vasilevskiy. Then on the other end, a Stamkos shot bounces around in front, but nothing getting past Campbell.

9:07 pm: After the Lightning were controlling play for a bit, Leafs get a 2 on 1. Alexander Kerfoot tries to beat Vasilevskiy under his arm, but the Lightning goaltender swallows it up.

8:58 pm: GOAL! Auston Matthews gets the Maple Leafs on the board. Right off an offensive zone faceoff, Giordano fires a shot on net and Matthews deflects the puck by Vasilevskiy with a sensational tip. 2-1 Lightning lead is cut in half just 54 seconds after Cirelli’s tally.

8:57 pm: In the dying moments of the power play, Kampf gets a chance on the door step, but Vasilevskiy comes up big yet again. 8:25 left in the second.

8:54 pm: GOAL! What a power move by Anthony Cirelli shorthanded. Steals the puck in the neutral zone, spins off Giordano and fires it past Campbell. Horrible power play effort from the Maple Leafs and it’s 2-0 Lightning.

8:51 pm: Lightning’s Cal Foote off for hooking. Bad play by Brandon Hagel who dropped the puck back below the goal line to no one, resulting in Foote hooking Ilya Mikheyev

8:49 pm: Couple more big stops by Campbell, including turning aside a one-timer from the point by Zach Bogosian. Great shift by Kucherov creates two chances, including a backhand that misses over the bar.

8:44 pm: Timely stops by both Campbell and Vasilevskiy. A Mark Giordano bounces in and Vasilevskiy is able to deflect it away. On the other end, Campbell handles a shot through traffic by Ryan McDonagh

8:37 pm: Nothing going for the Lightning on the power play. Sloppy passing handicapped their ability to set up anything offensively.

8:35 pm: Second period is underway.

End 1st period: Lightning 1, Maple Leafs 0

8:17 pm: Lightning lead after the first 20 minutes. Lots of physical play on both sides, but clean. Tampa began to take over towards the last five minutes, taking advantage of a bad turnover which led to the Palat goal and will start the 2nd period on the power play.

8:15 pm: Scramble in front of the Leafs’ net with around30 seconds left, but Campbell comes up with a couple big saves. However, Morgan Reilly to the box for tripping, Lightning get the first power play of the night.

8:11 pm: GOAL! Ondrej Palat takes advantage of a neutral zone turnover by the Leafs, comes in on the right side and beats Campbell clean under the blocker. 1-0 Tampa with 2:22 left in the 1st. Alexander Kerfoot dropped the pass to no one in the neutral zone, which led to Palat coming in uncontested.

8:09 pm: First penalties of the night. Justin Holl off for interference, but Nick Paul also called for embellishment. Questionable call on Paul, play is 4 on 4.

8:01 pm: Set play by the Lightning off a faceoff results in a Nikita Kucherov shot from the slot, but turned away by Campbell. Still 0-0 with less than 8 minutes to go.

7:55 pm: Best chance of the period so far, David Kampf left alone in the front for the Maple Leafs. Pierre Engvall finds him for a one-timer, but the shot goes off the foot of Brayden Point and out of play.

7:48 pm: Fast pace to the first period, both teams going back and forth. Clean, physical play, but no dangerous scoring chances yet. Just one whistle so far more than seven minutes in.

7:41 pm: Puck is down, Game 6 is underway!

Pregame

7:20 pm: The Leafs are starting their top line of Auston Matthews-Mitch Marner-Michael Bunting with Jake Muzzin and TJ Brodie on the blue line.

The Lightning will start with Anthony Cirelli-Alex Killorn-Brayden Point with Victor Hedman and Erik Cernak on defense.

Jack Campbell is in net for Toronto and Andrei Vasilevskiy is in the Tampa crease.

What channel is Maple Leafs vs. Lightning Game 6 on?

  • Date: Thursday, May 12
  • TV channels: TNT (US) | Sportsnet (Canada)
  • Live streaming: Sling TV | Watch TNT (US) | SN Now (Canada)

Game 6 of the first-round series between the Leafs and the Lightning will be broadcast on TNT in the United States and Sportsnet in Canada.

The game can be live streamed on SN Now in Canada or Watch TNT or Sling TV in the United States.

Viewers in the US can stream every NHL playoff game live on Sling TV. With the Sling Orange Sports Extra package, they get $ 10 off their first month now with access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, TNT and NBATV. NHL playoff games on ABC are simulcast on ESPN3, which is included with Sling Orange, available for $ 35 per month including $ 25 the first month for new subscribers.

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What time does Maple Leafs vs. Lightning Game 6 start?

  • Date: Thursday, May 12
  • Time: 7:30 pm ET

Toronto and Tampa Bay go head-to-head in Game 6 on Thursday, May 12. Puck drop will be shortly after 7:30 pm ET at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.

Maple Leafs Vs. Lightning series schedule

Date Site Time (ET) / Result TV
Mon., May 2 at Toronto Maple Leafs 5, Lightning 0
Wed., May 4 at Toronto Lightning 5, Maple Leafs 3
Fri., May 6 at Tampa Bay Maple Leafs 5, Lightning 2
Sun., May 8 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7, Maple Leafs 3
Tue., May 10 at Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Lightning 3
Thu., May 12 at Tampa Bay 7:30 pm TNT, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports
* Sat., May 14 at Toronto TBD TBD

* If necessary.

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