Will history be made Thursday night, or will there be a Game 7 on Saturday?
The Maple Leafs and Lightning battling in Game 6 of their first-round series in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs. Toronto holds a 3-2 lead after coming back from down 2-0 to grab a 4-3 win in Game 5 and take control of the series.
The defending back-to-back Cup champions now have their backs against the wall, facing a must-win situation at home if they want to keep their hopes of a three-peat alive. Recent history is on their side: goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy has yet to lose two games in a row since the 2020 playoffs.
On the other side is a Maple Leafs team looking to do something no Toronto team has done since 2004 — close out a playoff series. The club has not advanced past the first round since that year, suffering first-round losses in five consecutive postseasons.
The Maple Leafs have had their chances, but that final win has eluded them. Most recently, the team blew a 3-1 series lead to the rival Canadiens last year, getting knocked out in stunning fashion.
Can the Lightning survive to see another day, or will the Leafs finally get the first-round monkey off their back? The Sporting News will provide live updates and highlights.
8:01 p.m.: Set play by the Lightning off a faceoff results in a Nikita Kucherov shot from the slot, but turned away by Campbell. Still 0-0 with less than 8 minutes to go.
7:55 p.m.: Best chance of the period so far, David Kampf left alone in the front for the Maple Leafs. Pierre Engvall finds him for a one-timer, but the shot goes off the foot of Brayden Point and out of play.
7:48 p.m.: Fast pace to the first period, both teams going back and forth. Clean, physical play, but no dangerous scoring chances yet. Just one whistle so far more than seven minutes in.
7:41 p.m.: Puck is down, Game 6 is underway!
7:20 p.m.: The Leafs are starting their top line of Auston Matthews-Mitch Marner-Michael Bunting with Jake Muzzin and T.J. Brodie on the blue line.
The Lightning will start with Anthony Cirelli-Alex Killorn-Brayden Point with Victor Hedman and Erik Cernak on defense.
The Leafs are starting the line of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and Michael Bunting in Game 6, plus, Jake Muzzin and T.J. Brodie on D.
As expected, the Lightning counter with Anthony Cirelli, Brayden Point, and Alex Killorn, plus, Victor Hedman and Erik Cernak on D.
— Jonas Siegel (@jonassiegel) May 12, 2022
Jack Campbell is in net for Toronto and Andrei Vasilevskiy is in the Tampa crease.
What channel is Maple Leafs vs. Lightning Game 6 on?
- Date: Thursday, May 12
- TV channels: TNT (U.S.) | Sportsnet (Canada)
- Live streaming: Sling TV | Watch TNT (U.S.) | 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 live streamed on SN Now in Canada or Watch TNT or Sling TV in the United States.
Viewers in the U.S. can stream every NHL playoff game live on Sling TV. With the Sling Orange Sports Extra package, they get $10 off their first month now 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 the first month for new subscribers.
What time does Maple Leafs vs. Lightning Game 6 start?
- Date: Thursday, May 12
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Toronto and Tampa Bay go head-to-head in Game 6 on Thursday, May 12. Puck drop will be shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.
Maple Leafs vs. Lightning series schedule
|Mon., May 2||at Toronto||Maple Leafs 5, Lightning 0|
|Wed., May 4||at Toronto||Lightning 5, Maple Leafs 3|
|Fri., May 6||at Tampa Bay||Maple Leafs 5, Lightning 2|
|Sun., May 8||at Tampa Bay||Lightning 7, Maple Leafs 3|
|Tue., May 10||at Toronto||Maple Leafs 4, Lightning 3|
|Thu., May 12||at Tampa Bay||7:30 p.m.||TNT, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports|
|*Sat., May 14||at Toronto||TBD||TBD|
* If necessary.