Leafs’ comeback knocks Lightning out of the playoffs

by Gary Shelton on April 8, 2017 · 1 comment

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The ride has ended. The Tampa Bay Lightning  are staying home.

The Lightning was eliminated from the NHL playoffs Saturday night as the Toronto Maple Leafs came from behind to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins,  5-3, in Toronto. For the Lightning to make the post-season, it needed Toronto to lose to both Pittsburgh Saturday and Columbus on Sunday, while the Bolts would have had to beat Buffalo.

Instead, the game will be played with no more meaning but to say farewell to their fans.

Pittsburgh led 3-2 in the third period, but Toronto came back. Connor Brown scored the go-ahead for Toronto with his 20th goal with 2:48 to play. Auston Matthews scored his 40th goal with an empty netter.

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Larry Beller April 9, 2017 at 7:54 am

This season was so disappointing on so many levels but it was made interesting down the stretch when the Lightning reinvented themselves with all the call ups from their talented farm system. Going forward I think it’s obvious that the team needs more muscle and youthful enthusiasm. Certain established players are highly over rated and some of the skill players are not getting the job done. Sometimes grit and a little nastiness is trumps skill in hockey. It will be interesting to see what moves the Yzerman makes to retool this team. Standing pat and using injuries as an excuse for the bad season is only setting the team up for another disappointing year in my opinion.

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