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Unlucky 7: Lightning eliminate Maple Leafs from NHL playoffs

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One of the greatest regular seasons in Toronto Maple Leafs history has come to an end in disappointing fashion.

The Maple Leafs fell 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 Saturday, extending a woeful streak of clinching-game losses and sending Toronto into an off-season full of questions.

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Nick Paul, a longtime Ottawa Senator, was the hero for the Lightning — scoring his first two career playoff goals in the contest. Morgan Rielly was the only goal scorer for the Maple Leafs.

The loss marks the sixth-straight season the Maple Leafs have failed to win a round in the playoffs with their current core of stars, with the past five losses coming in winner-take-all final games. But this one will hurt just a little more after Auston Matthews scored 60 goals and the team set a franchise record with 54 wins during the regular season.

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Toronto is now 7-3 all-time at home in Game 7s, including a loss at Scotiabank Arena last season after blowing a 3-1 series lead against the Montreal Canadiens.

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With the win, the Lightning will now continue their title defence again state-rival the Florida Panthers, who eliminated the Washington Capitals in six games in Round 1.

Source: CityNews Toronto
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