Well, that was quick. The Lightning appeared to be heading into the final 20 minutes with a 2-1 lead.

Instead, the Maple Leafs scored two goals within the minute and now have a 3-2 lead after two periods in Game 6.

Tampa Bay is now 20 minutes from elimination and Toronto is closing in on its first playoff victory since 2004.

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3rd period

9:49 p.m.: Lightning at the power play. Kampf off for Cal Foote. Huge moment in the third.

9:48 p.m.: The Lightning push is there. Dominant play so far in the third, but Campbell has been excellent, especially when it comes to limiting second chances.

9:43 p.m.: Huge save by Campbell. Nick Paul serves Brandon Hagel in net, Hagel and the Maple Leafs defenseman crash into the net, but Campbell keeps the puck regardless. Tampa Bay controlled the game early and threw everything at the Toronto goaltender.

9:36 p.m.: The last 20 minutes are in progress. Lightning trying to avoid elimination.

2nd period: Maple Leafs 3, Lightning 2

9:17 p.m.: Just like that, the Maple Leafs have the lead going into third. They were the best team in the third period of this series and have all the momentum needed at intermission. Quiet building in Tampa.

9:16 p.m .: GOAL! Wow. John Tavares gets this one with 16 seconds left. The game starts in its own area but is able to move up to the o area. William Nylander races towards the net and finds Tavares alone near the goal slot. 26 seconds after Spezza’s goal.

9:13 p.m .: GOAL! The Leafs tie the game with 34 seconds left in second. A shot from John Tavares hits Vasilevskiy and goes up. As Vasilevskiy tries to fend off the puck, Jason Spezza picks up a piece of it and it bounces back into the net. Huge goal for the Leafs who were the best team in the third period of this series.

9:11 p.m.: Chances on both sides. Mikheyev enters alone, but with one hand on his stick, it makes it easier for Vasilevskiy. Then at the other end, a Stamkos shot bounces past, but nothing gets past Campbell.

9:07 p.m.: After the Lightning controlled the game for a while, the Leafs got a 2-1. Alexander Kerfoot tried to beat Vasilevskiy under his arm, but the Lightning goaltender swallowed him.

8:58 p.m .: GOAL! Auston Matthews gets the Maple Leafs on the board. From the start of a face-off in the offensive zone, Giordano takes a shot on goal and Matthews deflects Vasilevskiy’s puck with a sensational pass. The 2-1 Lightning lead is halved just 54 seconds after Cirelli’s count.

8:57 p.m.: In the final moments of the power play, Kampf gets a chance on the doorstep, but Vasilevskiy comes in big once again. 8:25 left in the second.

8:54 p.m .: GOAL! What a power shot from Anthony Cirelli on the penalty kill. Steals the puck in the neutral zone, spins Giordano and shoots it past Campbell. Horrible power play effort from the Maple Leafs and it’s Lightning 2-0.

8:51 p.m.: Lightning’s Cal Foote off for hook. Bad play from Brandon Hagel who dropped the puck below the goal line to nobody, forcing Foote to hook Ilya Mikheyev

8:49 p.m.: A couple of other big saves from Campbell, including the deflecting of a point shot from the point by Zach Bogosian. Kucherov’s big change creates two chances, including a backhand that misses over the bar.

8:44 p.m.: Timely saves by Campbell and Vasilevskiy. A Mark Giordano rebounds and Vasilevskiy is able to deflect it. On the other side, Campbell handles a shot in traffic from Ryan McDonagh

8:37 p.m.: Nothing is going well for the Lightning on the power play. The sloppy passing handicapped their ability to set up anything attackingly.

8:35 p.m.: The second period is underway.

End of 1st period: Lightning 1, Maple Leafs 0

8:17 p.m.: Lead lightning after the first 20 minutes. Lots of physical play on both sides, but clean. Tampa started to take over in the last five minutes, taking advantage of a poor turnover that led to Palat’s goal and will start the 2nd period on the power play.

8:15 p.m.: Scramble in front of the Leafs net with about 30 seconds left, but Campbell makes some big saves. However, Morgan Reilly at the box to stumble, Lightning gets the first power play of the night.

8:11 p.m .: GOAL! Ondrej Palat takes advantage of a turnover in the Leafs’ neutral zone, enters on the right side and beats Campbell cleanly under the blocker. 1-0 Tampa with 2:22 left at 1st. Alexander Kerfoot dropped the pass to no one in the neutral zone which led to Palat going in unchallenged.

8:09 p.m.: First penalties of the night. Justin Holl off for interference, but Nick Paul also called for embellishment. Questionable call on Paul, the game is 4 against 4.

8:01 p.m.: A play stopped by the Lightning during a face-off results in a shot by Nikita Kucherov from the slot, but deflected by Campbell. Still 0-0 with less than 8 minutes remaining.

7:55 p.m.: Best chance of the period so far, David Kampf went alone up front for the Maple Leafs. Pierre Engvall finds it for a one-timer, but the shot goes from the foot of Brayden Point and offside.

7:48 p.m.: Fast paced in the first half, with both teams going back and forth. Clean and physical play, but no dangerous scoring chances yet. A single whistle for more than seven minutes.

7:41 p.m.: Puck is down, match 6 is underway!

Pregame

7:20 p.m.: The Leafs start their Auston Matthews-Mitch Marner-Michael Bunting first line with Jake Muzzin and TJ Brodie on the blue line.

The Lightning will start with Anthony Cirelli-Alex Killorn-Brayden Point with Victor Hedman and Erik Cernak on defense.

Jack Campbell is in goal for Toronto and Andrei Vasilevskiy is in the Tampa slot.

What channel is Maple Leafs vs. Lightning Game 6 airing on?

  • Date: Thursday May 12
  • TV channels: TNT (United States) | Sportsnet (Canada)
  • Live broadcast : TV Sling | Watch TNT (US) | SN now (Canada)

Game 6 of the first round series between the Leafs and the Lightning will be broadcast on TNT in the United States and Sportsnet in Canada.

The game can be streamed live on SN Now in Canada or on Watch TNT or Sling TV in the US.

Viewers in the United States can stream all NHL playoff games live on Sling TV. With the Sling Orange Sports Extra package, they now get $10 off their first month with access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, TNT and NBATV. NHL playoff games on ABC are simulcast on ESPN3, which is included with Sling Orange, available for $35 per month, including $25 in the first month for new subscribers.

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What time does Maple Leafs vs. Lightning Game 6 start?

  • Date: Thursday May 12
  • Weather: 7:30 p.m. ET

Toronto and Tampa Bay will face off in Game 6 on Thursday, May 12. The puck drop will take place shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.

Maple Leafs vs. Lightning Series Schedule

Date Site Time (ET)/Result TV
Monday, May 2 in Toronto maple leaves 5, Lightning 0
Wed 4 May in Toronto Lightning 5, Maple leaves 3
Fri, May 6 in Tampa Bay maple leaves 5, Lightning 2
Sun May 8 in Tampa Bay Lightning 7, Maple leaves 3
Tue, May 10 in Toronto maple leaves 4, Lightning 3
Thu 12 May in Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m. TNT, Sportsnet, Radio-Canada, TVA Sports
*Saturday May 14 in Toronto To be determined To be determined

* If necessary.