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Lightning Advance to Second Round After Beating Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs' playoff curse continues after the Tampa Bay Lightning won Game 7 to advance to the second round.
Nick Paul

Threepeat? Maybe.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs after beating the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 on Saturday evening.

Tampa will now meet up with the Florida Panthers in a rematch of the exciting first-round series from 2021.

Toronto, meanwhile, has yet to advance to the second round of the playoffs since 2004, before the salary cap era. The Leafs are 0-9 in series-clinching games since 2013, including a handful of Game 7s.

Nick Paul led the way for Tampa Bay with two goals, split by a Morgan Rielly marker for the Leafs.

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