Following a 4-2 win against the Maple Leafs in Game 5, Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper expressed his confidence in the team’s ability to force the series to a decisive Game 7. Currently trailing 3-2 in the series, the Lightning demonstrated resilience on Thursday night, with goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy making an impressive 28 saves on 30 shots. Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs are vying for their first playoff series win in nearly two decades.
In a post-game interview, Cooper shared his thoughts on the series, stating, “Seriously, wouldn’t you guys be pissed off if this ended tonight? Let’s all be back here for Game 7.” His unwavering belief in the Lightning’s potential is likely to motivate the team as they prepare for the upcoming Game 6.
Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay’s star goaltender, had a remarkable bounce-back performance in Game 5 after a series of rough outings. His solid play in the net proved crucial in keeping the Lightning’s playoff hopes alive, as they now look to even the series in Game 6. .
The Maple Leafs, eager to break their playoff series drought, will need to bring their best effort in Game 6 to prevent the Lightning from forcing a seventh game.