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game recap

Maple Leafs 5, Lightning 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Maple Leafs 5, Lightning 3
Tampa Bay Lightning 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 5

TORONTO (AP) - Mats Sundin exceeded his own expectations after missing a month.

Sundin had a goal and an assist in his first game since sustaining a serious eye injury, and the Maple Leafs held on for a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.

``I was a little worried before the game about how it was going to go, but it went better than I thought,'' Sundin said.

Sundin fractured his left orbital bone when he was struck in the face by a puck in the season opener against Ottawa on Oct. 5. He returned to practice Wednesday, and wore a visor against Tampa Bay.

``It feels all right. You have to constantly wipe off the water, but it's something you have to get used to,'' Sundin said. ``I'm going to have to wear it for the next three weeks, and hopefully I can keep it on for the remainder of the year.''

The Toronto captain helped Jeff O'Neill end an eight-game goal drought by assisting on the first goal. Sundin then gave Toronto a 3-1 lead in the second period.

``He was huge right from the start,'' rookie Alexander Steen said.

Steen, Darcy Tucker, and Chad Kilger also scored for the Maple Leafs, who were outscored 23-16 in losing four of their previous six games.

Dan Boyle and Vincent Lecavalier scored third-period goals for the Lightning, who lost their third straight. Tampa Bay almost rallied to tie it with two goals in the third, but received three penalties in the final minutes.

``We had them on the run. We absolutely just blew ourselves up,'' Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said

Toronto goalie Ed Belfour made 33 saves.

Sundin received a loud ovation in the pregame introductions.

O'Neill scored midway through the first after converting Sundin's pass from behind the net.

Toronto took a 2-0 lead with 28 seconds left in the period after Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis received a double minor for high-sticking and drawing blood from Tucker, who shrugged off the cut and scored his sixth goal.

Evgeny Artyukhin cut it to 2-1 with his first goal of his NHL career by converting a pass from behind the net. Artyukhin got the puck from one of the officials.

But Toronto took scored twice in the period. Sundin, sliding on one knee, scored from the side of the net after receiving a pass from O'Neill, and Steen had an unassisted goal after a Tampa Bay turnover.

Boyle cut it 4-2 with a power-play goal just 52 seconds into the third, and Lecavalier tipped Dave Andreychuk pass on the power play past Belfour at 9:01.

Kilger scored into an empty net with three seconds left.

Notes: Cam Neely, who will be inducted into Hall of Fame on Monday, was honored before the game. Neely spent 10 years in Boston, scoring 50 or more goals three times. ... Sundin sat out 12 straight games since being struck in the eye seven minutes into the season opener. He missed only 23 games due to injury in his first 10 years with Toronto.

scoring summary
1st Period
10:40
TOR
PPG - Jeff O'Neill (5) ASST: Mats Sundin (1), Bryan McCabe (13)
1 - 0 TOR
19:32
TOR
PPG - Darcy Tucker (6) ASST: Eric Lindros (5)
2 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
03:52
TBL
Evgeny Artyukhin (1) ASST: Nick Tarnasky (1), Dan Boyle (4)
2 - 1 TOR
13:17
TOR
Mats Sundin (1) ASST: Jeff O'Neill (6), Ken Klee (5)
3 - 1 TOR
17:14
TOR
Alexander Steen (6) ASST: NONE
4 - 1 TOR
3rd Period
00:54
TBL
PPG - Dan Boyle (4) ASST: Vinny Prospal (12), Vincent Lecavalier (9)
4 - 2 TOR
09:01
TBL
PPG - Vincent Lecavalier (10) ASST: Dave Andreychuk (7), Brad Richards (11)
4 - 3 TOR
19:57
TOR
EN - Chad Kilger (1) ASST: NONE
5 - 3 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
01:59
TOR
Alexander Khavanov  Hi-sticking against  Rob DiMaio
04:47
TOR
Eric Lindros  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
10:23
TBL
Cory Sarich  Interference
15:44
TBL
Martin St. Louis  Hi-sticking against  Darcy Tucker
15:44
TBL
Martin St. Louis  Hi-sticking against  Darcy Tucker
2nd Period
04:19
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Hooking against  Vinny Prospal
11:13
TBL
Martin St. Louis  Hi-sticking against  Bryan McCabe
19:09
TOR
Chad Kilger  Hi-sticking against  Paul Ranger
3rd Period
04:43
TOR
Eric Lindros  Holding against  Evgeny Artyukhin
08:09
TOR
Jason Allison  Hooking
08:40
TOR
Ed Belfour  Slashing
12:40
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Hooking
14:03
TBL
Darryl Sydor  Hi-sticking against  Darcy Tucker
16:47
TBL
Darryl Sydor  Hi-sticking against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
16:47
TBL
Darryl Sydor  Hi-sticking against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
19:32
TOR
Tomas Kaberle  Interference against  Vincent Lecavalier
goalie stats
John Grahame
SA: 25TOI: 59:31
Saves: 21EV: 9 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 12
SV%: .840SH: 2 - 2
Ed Belfour
Ed Belfour
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 33EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 2PP: 9 - 11
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0