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Toronto Maple Leafs stays alive in the competition thanks to redemption goals by Marner, Nylander

In a do-or-die encounter, Maple Leafs defeated Panthers 2-1 at the latter’s home arena. Maple Leafs have thus forced a Game 5 of the series to be held at Toronto’s home.

Panthers who have displayed absolute show of amazing hockey was languishing at the home. Both the teams failed to capitalize any goal scoring opportunity in the 1st period. In the 2nd period, Nylander took advantage of a power play and shot a backhand which deflected off Bobrovsky and sailed into the net.

The Leafs extended their lead in the 3rd period thanks to fan favorite Mitch Marner. Aided by a Jack McCabe’s centering pass, Marner fired the puck to score and tip the scales in their favor. Sam Reinhart scored at almost seven minutes left to avoid a playoff shutout for the Panthers.

Post the loss, Maurice had no lamenting. He seemed confident about his team, joking with reporters making Semi-Pro references. He added that he believes Panthers doesn’t need to do anything different from what they have done so far. On the opposite end, Maple Leafs have found a need goalkeeper – Jospeh Woll. Woll started in for Ilya Samsonov who stayed off rink due to an upper body injury. Also Read: Meet Malakai John: The curse-breaking baby boy of Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs, however has no rest. Every game is do-or-get eliminated for the team who made their first 2nd round appearance in 19 years.

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Mohammed Bazim
Mohammed Bazimhttp://thesportslite.com
Mohammed Bazim S is a final-year Journalism student with a deep passion for sports reporting. At the age of 19, he is already making strides towards his dream of becoming a paddock reporter and rinkside correspondent. With a particular love for ice hockey and Formula 1, Mohammed aspires to capture the excitement of these sports through immersive reporting. His enthusiasm, coupled with his dedication to honing his skills, sets him on a path towards bringing the thrilling world of sports to life for fans worldwide.


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