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Five Takeaways: Campbell, Marner, a horrid 5-on-3 and more (+)




The Toronto Maple Leafs earned a fourth straight win, taking a 2-1 overtime decision against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Goaltender Jack Campbell gave his team a chance to rally.

Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe did not like how his team started. “I didn’t like anything about our first period. I thought we were a little shy in the first period. We didn’t assert ourselves at all in any way in the game.”

“We didn’t have a whole lot happening in that third period, other than good goaltending, to keep (the deficit) at one,” said Keefe. “The guys stuck with it to the end and, ultimately, our best guys at 6-on-5 and the power play win it and redeem themselves of sorts from that 5-on-3 earlier.”

William Nylander blasted a power play one-timer for the winning goal. “Auston gave me a great pass, right in my wheelhouse,” said Nylander. “I just wanted to rip it and, I mean, I hoped it went in.”

Nylander’s shot only had a chance to happen because John Tavares scored the tying goal in the final minute of regulation. The only reason Tavares had a chance to score that goal is that goaltender Jack Campbell turned away a bunch of quality scoring chances from the Lightning in the third period.

“It’s something that just keeps amazing you, how hard he works every single day, said Mitch Marner, talking about goaltender Jack Campbell. “He just comes in here with the same attitude. It’s something special that we get to deal with. He’s a one-of-a-kind person and a one-of-a-kind player. It’s amazing watching him excel out there and just keep getting better every single day.”

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