On an evening the place targets had been at a premium, Paul picked the right time to notch the primary playoff tallies of his profession.
Paul pounced on a rebound scoring on a one-handed backhand shot in a good first interval to place the Lightning up 1-0 with 1:36 left.
The Leafs lastly received on the board t 13:25 within the second interval. Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner helped arrange Morgan Rielly, who sniped a aim glove-side, tying the sport 1-1.
With 3:28 left within the second interval, Paul gathered a unfastened puck simply contained in the Maple Leafs’ zone, deked round defensemen T.J. Brodie and rifled dwelling his second aim to place Tampa Bay up for good.
With the Lightning up 2-1 after two intervals, Vasilevskiy shut the door, turning away all 17 photographs he confronted within the third interval. Vasilevskiy made 30 saves off 31 complete photographs and saved all seven photographs confronted in opposition to Toronto’s powerplay.
The defending back-to-back Stanley Cup Champion Lightning advance to the second spherical of the playoffs, the place they will face the Florida Panthers. On Friday evening, the Panthers defeated the Washington Capitals in time beyond regulation, 4-3, profitable that first-round sequence in six video games.