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Game in 10: Maple Leafs push Lightning to the brink of elimination as core five comes up big in come-from-behind Game 5 win

Tonight, the core delivered.

Auston Matthews: Game-winning goal

Mitch Marner: Set up the game-winning goal

William Nylander: Three points

John Tavares: Two points

Morgan Rielly: Goal

Jack Campbell: Excellent

With the series tied, down two, and the next game to be played in Tampa Bay, they knew the situation, and they delivered. It means very little if they don’t go on to win the series, but on this night, with seemingly so much already on the line, the core delivered. They should be applauded for doing so.

That includes Sheldon Keefe, who is obviously under the microscope, but in this one, his adjustments worked out.