There were seven goals scored through the first two periods of Game 7 between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs. None were better than the go-ahead goal by Leafs’ forward Kasperi Kapanen.
With the Bruins and Maple Leafs deadlocked at 3-3 in the second period, Kapanen broke the tie with a ridiculous individual effort on the penalty kill. The 21-year-old Finnish forward outmuscled opposing forward Brad Marchand while racing for a loose puck and then undressed goaltender Tuukka Rask with a sensational move.
It was the first tally of the postseason for Kapanen, who showcased his phenomenal speed and slick hands to net one of the prettiest goals of the 2018 playoffs:
Kapanen has a history of delivering in the clutch.
He scored the game-winner in double overtime of Game 2 against the Washington Capitals in the opening round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, while also helping the Leafs clinch a playoff berth with his first NHL goal in the final contest of the regular season:
He was also the overtime hero in the Gold Medal Game of the 2016 World Juniors against Russia:
The young forward scored seven goals in 38 regular-season games with the Leafs this season, but had been held off the scoresheet in the first six games of the opening round against the Bruins.