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game recap

Lightning 4, Maple Leafs 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Lightning 4, Maple Leafs 2
Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Tampa Bay Lightning 4
Three Stars of the Game
Vincent Lecavalier
1st
Vincent Lecavalier
C
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 5
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 22:01
Benoit Pouliot
2nd
Benoit Pouliot
LW
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 3Hits: 2
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:31
Matthew Carle
3rd
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 22:28

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.

Vincent Lecavalier extended his point streak to five games tonight with his sixth goal of the season in the first period.

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
09:25
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier (6) ASST: Benoit Pouliot (6), Martin St. Louis (18)
1 - 0 TBL
17:59
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski (4) ASST: Nikolai Kulemin (8), Clarke MacArthur (3)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
04:56
TBL
Steven Stamkos (10) ASST: Cory Conacher (9), Benoit Pouliot (7)
2 - 1 TBL
3rd Period
02:49
TBL
Alex Killorn (2) ASST: B.J. Crombeen (3)
3 - 1 TBL
06:58
TBL
PPG - Matthew Carle (3) ASST: Benoit Pouliot (8), Victor Hedman (5)
4 - 1 TBL
16:08
TOR
James van Riemsdyk (9) ASST: Phil Kessel (10), Tyler Bozak (6)
4 - 2 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
01:40
TOR
Phil Kessel  Too many men/ice - bench
07:56
TBL
B.J. Crombeen  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Brown
07:56
TOR
Mike Brown  Fighting (maj) against  B.J. Crombeen
07:56
TOR
Mike Brown  Misconduct (10 min)
2nd Period
01:34
TBL
Teddy Purcell  Tripping against  Phil Kessel
06:52
TOR
James van Riemsdyk  Hooking against  Cory Conacher
13:06
TOR
Ben Scrivens  Tripping against  Richard Panik
15:30
TOR
Mike Brown  Holding against  Cory Conacher
15:41
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Hooking against  Jay McClement
3rd Period
05:29
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski  Hooking against  Richard Panik
11:08
TOR
Nazem Kadri  Fighting (maj) against  Victor Hedman
11:08
TBL
Victor Hedman  Fighting (maj) against  Nazem Kadri
11:08
TOR
Colton Orr  Roughing against  Vincent Lecavalier
11:08
TOR
Colton Orr  Misconduct (10 min)
14:03
TOR
Mark Fraser  Fighting (maj) against  Keith Aulie
14:03
TBL
Keith Aulie  Fighting (maj) against  Mark Fraser
14:03
TBL
Keith Aulie  Hi-sticking against  Mark Fraser
goalie stats
Ben Scrivens
Ben Scrivens
4-4-0
SA: 13TOI: 46:58
Saves: 9EV: 7 - 10
PIM: 2PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .692SH: 0 - 0
Jussi Rynnas
Jussi Rynnas
SA: 6TOI: 10:20
Saves: 6EV: 2 - 2
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1
Anders Lindback
SA: 25TOI: 59:51
Saves: 23EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .920SH: 0 - 0