Tampa Bay Lightning defeat Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 in Game 5



by SEAD DEDOVIC

Tampa Bay Lightning defeat Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 in Game 5
Tampa Bay Lightning defeat Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 in Game 5

Tampa Bay Lightning won 4:2 vs Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto leads this series 3-2. Tampa Bay forward Nicholas Paul explained what his team's goal was: "I think that was an answer tonight,"-Nicholas Paul said, as quoted by nhl.com "Even after the last couple of games when we let it slip, we knew we were coming to Toronto, we're winning this and we're taking it back home." Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper could be satisfied with the game of his team, which showed great quality.

"They dug their heels in tonight, and I think who really dug his heels in tonight was [Vasilevskiy]," -Jon Cooper said. "His name has come up a lot for various reasons over the last couple days, and I think he proved he could handle the high shots."

Morgan Rielly on his team

Morgan Rielly emphasized how confident his team is.

They want to take advantage of the momentum they are in. "We're just confident with our group," Rielly said. "We're here for a reason, we play good hockey, we beat them in this series and can do it again. We didn't expect them to roll over, and now it's important for our group to go on the road with a mission." Eyssimont scored a great goal and described how it all looked.

"I had to get around that [defenseman] and he's a great goalie, so sometimes you have to be a little crafty and it's just (a move) I've worked on with (assistant coach Jeff Halpern) at morning skates, so I figured I'd try it," Eyssimont said.

Cirelli decided to praise Vasilevsky considering that he played great. "Ever since I've come to Tampa, each and every night, Vasilevskiy has been our best player," Cirelli said. "He's back there making saves for us, he's a rock for us back there and when he's making those saves, he gives us huge momentum boosts, keeps us in games and gets us going."

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