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Lightning 3, Maple Leafs 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Lightning 3, Maple Leafs 2
Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Tampa Bay Lightning 3

Martin St. Louis took advantage of the league’s most porous defense.

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Unfortunately for the Maple Leafs, so did his teammates.

St. Louis netted the game-winning power play goal, the second of two in a span of nine minutes, with 9.7 seconds remaining in overtime as the Lightning handed Toronto its 11th loss out of its last 13 on the road with a 3-2 overtime victory.

The goal with the man advantage moved St. Louis into a tie for a league-best 24 points on the power play.

The deciding mark came just moments after Ryan Malone evened things up with the man advantage at 16:11 in the third period.

“It’s a huge win,” St. Louis said. “I thought we stayed with it, we had some better moments than others, but I thought we battled, and when the game was on the line, I thought we made plays to get us back in the game and win the game. Sometimes, especially this time of year, it’s all about results.”

Steven Stamkos tied a career-high, scoring a goal and adding a pair of assists for the Lightning, who won for the second time in their last three. Vincent Lecavalier also extended his season-high points streak to six games with three helpers.

Toronto has allowed 16 goals in the first four games of its current road trip, contributing to its league-worst mark of 180 allowed this season.

“We went at them pretty hard,” Tampa Bay head coach Rick Tocchet said. “It could have went either way. It was one of those games of who’s going to get the last shot type of thing. We responded and Marty [St. Louis] scored a great goal for us. We needed that.”

Ian White opened scoring at 7:05 in the second period on the power play to put Toronto up 1-0, but Stamkos evened things up with a blast from the left circle approximately five minutes later with his 26th goal of the season.

Matt Stajan gave the Leafs a one-goal advantage on the power play at 9:08 in the third period, slipping one past goaltender Antero Niittymaki.

Coming off a season-high 40 saves against Toronto on Nov. 3, the Lightning net minder stopped 20 of 22 shots in the game, which was the fifth time in the last seven meetings between the two clubs that the final result has been decided by just one goal.

Despite killing five of seven penalties, two mistakes within the final five minutes proved costly for the Leafs.

Malone scored the game-tying power play goal 16:11 into regulation, forcing the contest into the extra session.

“We took two bad penalties. One they scored on and the other they possibly gained some momentum towards the end so we were back on our heels heading into the overtime period,” Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson said. “They got some momentum and headed into the overtime period that way. They felt good about themselves and we didn’t.”

The victory signaled the third time in the last four games against a Northeast division opponent in which Tampa Bay has gone unbeaten in regulation.

“I think we still haven’t played our best hockey,” Malone said. “The important thing right now is getting the two points. We’ll definitely take it, but to play together for a full 60 minutes as a playoff team in here, we have to realize that. We have to bring that every night and expect that every night as well.”

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
07:05
TOR
PPG - Ian White (9) ASST: Phil Kessel (15), Carl Gunnarsson (5)
1 - 0 TOR
11:46
TBL
Steven Stamkos (26) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (35), Kurtis Foster (14)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
09:08
TOR
PPG - Matt Stajan (15) ASST: Niklas Hagman (13), Nikolay Kulemin (10)
2 - 1 TOR
16:11
TBL
PPG - Ryan Malone (21) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (36), Steven Stamkos (24)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
04:50
TBL
PPG - Martin St. Louis (13) ASST: Steven Stamkos (25), Vincent Lecavalier (37)
3 - 2 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
00:56
TOR
Wayne Primeau  Hooking against  Mattias Ohlund
04:15
TBL
Matt Walker  Fighting (maj) against  Jay Rosehill
04:15
TOR
Jay Rosehill  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Walker
13:56
TOR
Colton Orr  Misconduct (10 min)
13:56
TOR
Colton Orr  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Walker
13:56
TBL
Matt Walker  Fighting (maj) against  Colton Orr
13:56
TOR
Colton Orr  Instigator against  Matt Walker
13:56
TOR
Jamal Mayers  Slashing against  Matt Walker
17:00
TBL
Stephane Veilleux  Hooking against  Niklas Hagman
19:25
TBL
Paul Szczechura  Hooking against  Tyler Bozak
2nd Period
05:42
TBL
Andrej Meszaros  Cross checking against  Phil Kessel
09:41
TOR
Tomas Kaberle  Hooking against  Vincent Lecavalier
3rd Period
00:52
TBL
Mattias Ohlund  Holding against  Lee Stempniak
06:37
TBL
Matt Smaby  Hooking against  Nikolay Kulemin
06:37
TOR
Nikolay Kulemin  Holding the stick against  Matt Smaby
08:12
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Hi-sticking against  Phil Kessel
09:21
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Hi-sticking against  Jason Blake
14:30
TOR
Wayne Primeau  Roughing against  Steve Downie
14:30
TBL
Steve Downie  Slashing against  Wayne Primeau
15:44
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Boarding against  Martin St. Louis
16:11
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Unsportsmanlike conduct
OT Period
04:16
TOR
Jason Blake  Too many men/ice - bench
goalie stats
Jonas Gustavsson
Jonas Gustavsson
9-10-8
SA: 32TOI: 64:21
Saves: 29EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 13
SV%: .906SH: 0 - 0
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 22TOI: 64:50
Saves: 20EV: 13 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .909SH: 0 - 0