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Unheralded Nick Paul steals show in Game 7 as Tampa Bay Lightning eliminate Toronto Maple Leafs

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The New York Times
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(0:27)Tampa Bay could have let the chance at a third straight Stanley Cup slip away.The Lightning were scoreless in the first period of Game 7 against Toronto on Saturday trying to close out their first-round playoff series when forward Brayden Point went hard into the boards in the Maple Leafs' zone and his right leg buckled under.Point couldn't put any weight on the leg and had to be helped off to the dressing room. We're a close-knit group, we've been through a lot together and that's a great feeling."Toronto originally had two chances to send Tampa Bay packing after leading the series 3-2 following Game 5. The Maple Leafs failed on both counts, and the Game 7 defeat marked a fifth consecutive first-round playoff series loss for Toronto, which is now 0-5 in its last five games with an opportunity to close a team out.Tampa Bay hasn't lost a first-round series since 2019, when the Lightning won the regular season's Presidents' Trophy only to be swept from the playoffs in four games by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Tampa Bay traded with the Ottawa Senators for the forward on March 20, and he tallied five goals and 14 points in 21 regular-season games.This series was Paul's first playoff experience. And we came together and did it."The Maple Leafs made Tampa Bay work until the final buzzer for the victory, and Toronto's efforts throughout the hard-fought series didn't go unacknowledged."It's a great hockey team," Stamkos said.

As said here by Kristen ShiltonESPN NHL reporter