Lightning 4, Maple Leafs 2

Peter Pupello  - Lightning Beat Reporter | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning returned home Tuesday night, and with that, to the same early-season form that had them off to a spectacular start to the season.

Alex Killorn’s goal at 2:49 of the third period stood up as the game-winner, and Anders Lindback turned aside 23 of 25 shots faced to help the Lightning to a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Vincent Lecavalier, Steven Stamkos and Matt Carle also had goals for Tampa Bay, which with 17 points, pulled into a first-place tie with the Carolina Hurricanes at the top of the Southeast Division standings.

Benoit Pouliot also added three assists in the win.

“We keep talking about the process,” Lightning head coach Guy Boucher said. “It’s always about how we are going to continue progressing. We’ve been doing so many good things, we knew it was eventually going to pay off.”

The victory was Tampa Bay’s second straight, and just the team’s first at home since earning an 8-3 win against the Winnipeg Jets on February 1.

Toronto, which had won six of its past seven, had a two-game win streak of its own come to a halt.

“I don’t know if we demonstrated enough determination or desperation until the last seven minutes of the game,” Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle said. “It seems like we were a flat group for a good period of the game.”

Mikhail Grabovski and James van Riemsdyk had the only goals for Toronto, which dropped to 10-7-0 on the season and trails the first-place Montreal Canadiens by three points in the Northeast Division.

Ben Scrivens, coming off back-to-back shutouts, allowed four goals on just 13 shots and was pulled in favor of Jussi Rynnas after Carle’s slap shot from the top of the right circle made it 4-1 at 6:58 of the final period while on the power play.

van Riemsdyk then capped the scoring with a late goal at 16:08 of the third, but it proved to be too little too late.

“Obviously [my performance] wasn’t good enough to win the game,” Scrivens said. “It seems like I was getting some fortunate bounces in the last couple games, but today they bounced the other way.”

Lecavalier opened the scoring midway through the first after receiving a pass from Pouliot at the side of the net and wristing one past Scrivens for a 1-0 Lightning lead.

Grabovski tied it after cleaning up a rebound to the side of Lindback and zipping a wrist shot past the netminder to make it 1-1 just before the opening period came to a close.

Tampa Bay reclaimed its lead at 4:56 of the second when Stamkos’ 10th of the year made it 2-1.

Killorn then padded the cushion to open the third, as his shot from the point trickled through Scrivens’ pads for a two-goal lead.

With Toronto pressing to reduce the Lightning deficit late in the game, frustrations began to boil over as two fights broke out in the game’s final nine minutes.

Victor Hedman first dropped the gloves with Nazem Kadri at 11:08 in the final frame, approximately just three minutes before Keith Aulie squared off with Mark Fraser.

In total, Toronto racked up 47 minutes in penalties on the night, compared to Tampa Bay’s 21.

“We had a pretty solid game,” Lecavalier said. “We played hard and overall had a really good game, and they played last night, so we took advantage of that.”

Scoring Summary
1st Period
09:25TBL Vincent Lecavalier (6) ASST: Benoit Pouliot (6), Martin St. Louis (18) 1 - 0 TBL
17:59TOR Mikhail Grabovski (4) ASST: Nikolay Kulemin (8), Clarke MacArthur (3) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
04:56TBL Steven Stamkos (10) ASST: Cory Conacher (9), Benoit Pouliot (7) 2 - 1 TBL
3rd Period
02:49TBL Alex Killorn (2) ASST: B.J. Crombeen (3) 3 - 1 TBL
06:58TBL PPG - Matt Carle (3) ASST: Benoit Pouliot (8), Victor Hedman (5) 4 - 1 TBL
16:08TOR James van Riemsdyk (9) ASST: Phil Kessel (10), Tyler Bozak (6) 4 - 2 TBL
Three Stars of the Game
Vincent Lecavalier
Vincent Lecavalier
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 5
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 22:01
Benoit Pouliot
Benoit Pouliot
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 3Hits: 2
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:31
Matthew Carle
Matt Carle
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 22:28
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:40TOR Phil Kessel  Too many men/ice - bench
07:56TBL B.J. Crombeen  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Brown
07:56TOR Mike Brown  Fighting (maj) against  B.J. Crombeen
07:56TOR Mike Brown  Misconduct (10 min)
2nd Period
01:34TBL Teddy Purcell  Tripping against  Phil Kessel
06:52TOR James van Riemsdyk  Hooking against  Cory Conacher
13:06TOR Ben Scrivens  Tripping against  Richard Panik
15:30TOR Mike Brown  Holding against  Cory Conacher
15:41TBL Steven Stamkos  Hooking against  Jay McClement
3rd Period
05:29TOR Mikhail Grabovski  Hooking against  Richard Panik
11:08TOR Nazem Kadri  Fighting (maj) against  Victor Hedman
11:08TBL Victor Hedman  Fighting (maj) against  Nazem Kadri
11:08TOR Colton Orr  Roughing against  Vincent Lecavalier
11:08TOR Colton Orr  Misconduct (10 min)
14:03TOR Mark Fraser  Fighting (maj) against  Keith Aulie
14:03TBL Keith Aulie  Fighting (maj) against  Mark Fraser
14:03TBL Keith Aulie  Hi-sticking against  Mark Fraser
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/31/6
Faceoff Wins3329
Blocked Shots1019
Penalty Minutes4721
3D. PhaneufD00-13027:34
4C. FransonD0012015:19
11J. McClementC00-10015:01
16C. MacArthurL0111018:57
18M. BrownR00-10174:11
21J. van RiemsdykL1004218:32
28C. OrrR00001211:40
36C. GunnarssonD0001023:37
38F. McLarenL00-1004:25
41N. KuleminL0101016:04
42T. BozakC0100019:47
43N. KadriC0006516:21
45M. FraserD0001516:35
47L. KomarovC00-10011:44
53M. KostkaD0003017:40
55K. HolzerD00-20018:56
81P. KesselR0101019:18
84M. GrabovskiC1002215:32
30B. Scrivens913.69246:58
40J. Rynnas661.00010:20
2E. BrewerD0021017:18
3K. AulieD0001710:01
4V. LecavalierC1002022:01
6S. SaloD0013022:40
11T. PyattC00-10014:46
15B. LeeD000109:56
16T. PurcellL00-12217:44
17A. KillornC1013013:55
19B. CrombeenR011059:58
25M. CarleD10-11022:28
26M. St. LouisR0101021:33
44N. ThompsonC0001015:03
47M. BergeronD00-10011:20
67B. PouliotL0321016:31
71R. PanikL0001010:20
77V. HedmanD0110520:04
89C. ConacherC0100014:56
91S. StamkosC1011223:35
39A. Lindback2325.92059:51