2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 7 live updates: Lightning face Maple Leafs on a huge NHL Saturday – CBS Sports

The two most beautiful words in sports? Game 7. Lucky for hockey fans, Saturday will be filled with plenty of excitement as the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs first round sees three Game 7s on the same day.

Tampa Bay got an extra game after pushing Game 6 into overtime and eventually winning 4-3 against the Toronto Maple Leafs thanks to goal by Brayden Point. This series has been a close one with neither team winning two in a row so far. Toronto is coming in hungry and with something to prove as the Maple Leafs have not won a playoff series in 18 years. Meanwhile, the Lightning are chasing a Stanley Cup three-peat. Their winner-take-all matchup is set for 7 p.m. ET on TNT. 

The Los Angeles Kings and the Edmonton Oilers will close the night with a 10 p.m. ET face-off on ESPN and fuboTV (try for free). There have been blowouts and close games in both arenas, but the main trend is that the team who scores first has walked away with the win. Edmonton made a Game 7 possible with a 4-2 win on Thursday. Evander Kane scored two goals in that game, and will likely continue being the key for the Oilers offense moving forward. The left wing has registered seven goals in this series, which ties him with Minnesota’s Kirill Kaprizov and Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel for the NHL lead in this year’s playoffs.

Boston and Carolina opened Saturday’s action at PNC Arena, and like the series’ first six games, the home team prevailed. The Hurricanes punched their ticket to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 3-2 victory over the Bruins. Max Domi led the way for Carolina with three points, including two goals in the second period. The Hurricanes have now won six consecutive Game 7s and will next play the winner of the Rangers-Penguins series, which will conclude Sunday in another Game 7.

Follow along as CBS Sports provides live updates throughout Saturday’s action. 

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End of 2nd period: Tampa Bay 2, Toronto 1

Lightning left wing Nicholas Paul is having himself a solid offensive night as he has scored both goals for Tampa Bay, one in each period. Paul had not registered a goal in the playoffs before tonight. This is also his first Game 7. Tampa Bay has had to do without Brayden Point, who left late in the first period after hurting his left knee. He attempted a shift early in the second period but went back to the bench in discomfort. Toronto got its first goal at 13:25 via Morgan Rielly. 

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The Lightning get the lead again as left wing Nicholas Paul registers his second goal of the game unassisted with a wrist shot at the 16:32 mark. This is also the second one of his playoff career.

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Toronto officially gets on the board with a goal by defenseman Morgan Rielly at 13:25 in the second period. Auston Matthews and Mitchell Marner with the assist.

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Toronto centerman John Tavares ties the score almost halfway through the second period but the officials take it away due to interference by Justin Hull. Hull gets a two-minute penalty.

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Brayden Point is out of the locker room. He attempted a shift but it didn’t last long. He had to sit out again and is currently on the bench with his hands covering his face in discomfort. 

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Lightning centerman Brayden Point left the ice with under three minutes remaining in the first period. He headed to the locker room after hurting his left leg. He took an awkward fall on his knee along the boards.

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End of 1st period: Tampa Bay 1, Toronto 0

The Lightning took a 1-0 lead at 18:24 with a goal by left wing Nicholas Paul — his first career playoff goal — assisted by Ross Colton and Cal Foote. The Maple Leafs looked like they could’ve scored first late in the first period when Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy was forced to save a tough slap shot by Jason Spezza at 14:43. He then saved a wrist shot by John Tavares two minutes later. Lightning center Steven Stamkos will enter the second period with 35 seconds left on his penalty. 

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