TORONTO – Paul Ranger scored a late goal to send the Tampa Bay Lightning to overtime on Tuesday night, but a pair of Toronto Maple Leafs shootout goals proved to be the difference maker in the contest. Playing in their second and final meeting at Toronto this season, the Lightning dropped a 4-3 shootout loss to the Maple Leafs.
Andreas Karlsson and Martin St. Louis added goals for Tampa Bay, and Vincent Lecavalier and Vaclav Prospal posted two assists each as the club began a season-high four-game road trip with a game at Toronto.
Making his fifth start of the season, his second against the Maple Leafs, Karri Ramo opened the contest by stopping a left point shot by Hal Gill.
At the opposite end of the ice Jan Hlavac flicked a shot on net against Toronto goaltender Scott Clemmensen before Karlsson opened the scoring. Posting his first goal of the season, Karlsson gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead skating into the second period.
After Andre Roy made a pass across the blueline Shane O’Brien shot the puck towards the net. Although Clemmensen made the initial save, Hlavac got the puck to Karlsson at the right of the crease. Karlsson banged the puck into the open side of the net behind Clemmensen for the score.
Holding off the Maple Leafs, Ramo gloved a shorthanded slapshot by Alexander Steen from the right point before denying Jason Blake. Smothering the shot in his crest Ramo stopped an attempt by Blake after the Toronto winger held on to the puck before firing a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle.
Despite the saves, Blake tied the game at one less than four minutes into the second period. Following up a Pavel Kubina shot towards the net, Mats Sundin deflected the puck to the right side of the crease. Sliding the puck into the net from an odd angle at the goal line, Blake posted his sixth goal of the season.
Sundin went on to score his 18th goal of the season at 9:39 of the period, giving the Maple Leafs their first lead of the night. Taking advantage of an odd-man rush, Sundin faked a slap shot from the bottom of the right faceoff circle to beat Ramp through the glove side.
The Lightning were quick to respond however, as St. Louis connected 29 seconds after Sundin to tie the game at two. After Lecavalier won a faceoff across to
|Martin St. Louis (26) is congratulated by teammates after scoring on Tuesday night. The Lightning lost, 4-3, in overtime to the Toronto Maple Leafs and have won just once in their last nine games. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)|
|Karri Ramo (right) and Toronto Maple Leafs center Alex Steen tumble during a collision in the second period. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)|
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