Los Angeles Times

Maple Leafs blank Lightning


Auston Matthews had two goals and an assist and Jack Campbell made 23 saves in the second playoff shutout of his career as the host Toronto Maple Leafs beat the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning 5-0 Monday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

Mitch Marner had a goal and two assists. Jake Muzzin scored and David Kampf added a goal on a short-handed breakaway for Toronto, which killed off five Lightning power plays, including an early five-minute major.

Andrei Vasilevski­y stopped 28 shots for the Lightning.

Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe predicted a “borderline violent” series, and that’s exactly how things unfolded seven minutes into the first period. Toronto winger Kyle Clifford pasted Tampa Bay’s Ross Colton from behind into the boards to earn a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

After having already killed off one minor penalty, Toronto had the better chances down a man as Alexander Kerfoot shot off the post on a two-on-one.

The Maple Leafs failed to convert on two subsequent power plays, but moved ahead with 1:41 left in the period when Muzzin’s point shot through a screen beat Vasilevski­y.

at Carolina 5, Boston 1: Seth Jarvis and Nino Niederreit­er scored secondperi­od goals and Antti Raanta was strong in net to help the Hurricanes roll in Game 1.

Raanta had 35 saves in his first career postseason start with No. 1 goaltender Frederik Andersen sidelined by injury. He held up against Boston’s gameopenin­g surge to keep Carolina in it before Jarvis and Niederreit­er scored roughly two minutes apart in the second period to break a scoreless tie.

St. Louis 4, at Minnesota 0: David Perron had a hat trick and an assist to lead the Blues in Game 1, one year after he missed the playoffs with COVID-19.

Ryan O’Reilly scored, Torey Krug added three assists and Ville Husso made 37 saves for the shutout in his postseason debut for St. Louis.

Perron scored on each of the first two power plays for St. Louis. The Blues went six for six on the penalty kill.

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