Maple Leafs claim a road victory over Lightning and take the lead in the series

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TAMPA, Fla. — Jack Cambell had 32 saves — including three to defend the lead on a late power play — and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 in Game 3 of their first round playoff series on Friday night.

Ilya Mikheyer scored twice without a goal in the last two minutes, and Morgan Rielly, Colin Blackwell and David Kampf also scored to give Toronto a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference best-of-seven match.

Ross Colton and Ondrej Palat scored for Tampa Bay, and Andrei Vasilevskiy had 31 saves.

Game 4 Sunday night in Tampa.

The Lightning are 0-16 in games after a playoff loss in the last three postseasons, including a 5-3 win in Game 2 of that series.

The two-time Stanley Cup titleholder couldn’t build on the momentum from that win, however, scoring goals for Rielly and Blackwell in the opening 10 minutes before falling 3-0 down when Toronto capitalized on a rally with Kampf’s wrist shot in front of Vasilevskiy.

Ilya Mikheyev celebrates after scoring in the third period.
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Colton’s power-play goal at 11:03 of the second period gave Tampa Bay hope of a comeback, and Palat’s 38th career playoff goal cut Toronto’s lead to 3-2 with just over 14 minutes remaining in the third period.

Campbell never flinched, however, standing tall on Tampa Bay’s last power play opportunity and making another big stop down the stretch to thwart Brayden Point’s attempt to level the score.

Vasilevskiy was pulled for an extra attacker at 2:20 left. Mikheyer gave the Maple Leafs a 4-2 lead at 6:20 p.m. and his second empty net came with 5 seconds remaining.

Toronto, which has not won a playoff series since 2004, won the series’ opening game 5-0 at home. Maple Leafs claim a road victory over Lightning and take the lead in the series

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