On an evening the place objectives have been at a premium, Paul picked the proper time to notch the primary playoff tallies of his profession.
Paul pounced on a rebound scoring on a one-handed backhand shot in a good first interval to place the Lightning up 1-0 with 1:36 left.
The Leafs lastly bought on the board t 13:25 within the second interval. Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner helped arrange Morgan Rielly, who sniped a purpose glove-side, tying the sport 1-1.
With 3:28 left within the second interval, Paul gathered a unfastened puck simply contained in the Maple Leafs' zone, deked round defensemen T.J. Brodie and rifled dwelling his second purpose to place Tampa Bay up for good.
With the Lightning up 2-1 after two intervals, Vasilevskiy shut the door, turning away all 17 pictures he confronted within the third interval. Vasilevskiy made 30 saves off 31 whole pictures and saved all seven pictures confronted in opposition to Toronto's powerplay.
The defending back-to-back Stanley Cup Champion Lightning advance to the second spherical of the playoffs, the place they will face the Florida Panthers. On Friday night time, the Panthers defeated the Washington Capitals in additional time, 4-3, profitable that first-round collection in six video games.