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WATCH: Kämpf beats Hedman, snipes shorthanded to give Leafs 3–0 lead

Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Kämpf sent the crowd at and outside Scotiabank Arena into a frenzy with a beautiful shorthanded goal in the second period of Game 1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

With less than a minute remaining in an Ilya Mikheyev holding penalty, Kämpf managed to beat Lightning defenceman Victor Hedman in a race to a loose puck in the neutral zone before skating in all alone on opposing goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy.

The Czech forward uncorked a heavy wrister that beat Vasilevskiy under his blocker to give Toronto a 3–0 lead. Kämpf’s first playoff goal as a Leaf was unassisted and came at the 9:27 mark of the middle frame.

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Kämpf, 27, reached new career highs in goals (11), points (26), and games played (82) in his first season with the Maple Leafs. The former Chicago Blackhawk signed a two-year, $1.5 million-AAV contract to join the Leafs last July.

Off goals by Jake Muzzin, Auston Matthews, and Kämpf, the Leafs lead the back-to-back defending champion Lightning by a 3–0 score late in the second period of Game 1. Muzzin’s tally was the first goal of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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