Revisiting the playoffs: Lightning at Leafs Game 2

This is the second post in a series that covers last season’s Leafs-Lightning series, in anticipation of the two meeting up for a second consecutive season (which was made official over the weekend).

Again, I don’t want to get into a preamble here. I don’t really remember too much about this game, but the final score (5-3 Tampa Bay) flattered the Leafs a bit, who got two late goals and had a powerplay chance late, so were in some danger of pulling tied but they were a little late.

This game was really determined by Tampa Bay’s powerplay. I mentioned in the recap of Game 1 that the Leafs were pretty good at keeping Tampa Bay from setting up their formation on the powerplay, though the Bolts got chances when they were set up. Same story here, with the Lightning set up and in their powerplay formation for just 24% of their 5v4 time (same as it was in Game 1) but scoring 3 goals while set up.

And while more of Game 2 was spent at 5v5 than Game 1, we haven’t had a game in the series that was determined at 5v5 yet. Tampa got the better of the Leafs at 5 aside, out-chancing 12-8, though the goals were 2-2.

Let’s get into the stats.

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Other posts in the series:

Game 1

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