TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Martin St. Louis had the touch.
The Lightning scored four times in a 4:13 span of the first, the second-fastest four goals scored in franchise history. St. Louis assisted on the first three and scored the fourth on a power play with a backhander over Vesa Toskala's shoulder.
"I just felt good tonight," said St. Louis, who has 20 goals and a team-high 54 points. "Tonight, everthing I touched early on, something happened. You build off that and you get confident and you get arrogant in your play."
Ryan Malone scored twice a 54-second span in the first, and Mark Recchi also scored.
"Marty definietely had a different gear than everybody out there," Malone said. "He was buzzing."
Stamkos, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft last summer, scored on a power play to give Tampa Bay a 5-3 lead at 6:01 of the third. He has seven goals.
Lecavalier added his team-high 25th goal with 6:32 left.
"I think every day (Stamkos) is learning," Lightning coach Rick Tocchet said. "He added that youthfulness that we needed tonight."
Toskala was pulled after giving up four goals on 12 shots. He was replaced by Curtis Joseph, seeing action in just his 12th game of the season.
"I couldn't make the saves we need to keep us in the game," Toskala said.
For Stamkos, scoring a goal on Joseph is a highlight early in his career.
"I grew up watching the Leafs and idolizing them," the 19-year-old Markham, Ontario, player said. "He was a big part of their great teams. ... It was pretty cool to get one by him."
Lee Stempniak scored twice for Toronto, and Niklas Hagman and Nikolai Kulemin added goals.
Toronto cut it to 4-3 in the second. Stempniak scored his second goal of the game at 11:32 on a power play, and Hagman added his 17th goal 1:14 later.
"We're scoring four or five goals and that's not enough to get two points, let alone one" Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson said.
Mike McKenna had 19 saves for Tampa Bay, and Joseph stopped 17 shots.
"That's what I do (play relief goalie) and I want to play in this league," Joseph said. "It's a great job, obviously, and to be part of the Maple Leafs is what I wanted to do again."
Notes: The Lightning recalled defenseman Josef Melichar from Norfolk. ... Maple Leafs center Paul Szczechura was put on injured reserve Thursday because of an unspecified lower-body injury. ... Malone required five stitches on the bridge of his nose near his left eye after taking a stick to the face in the first. The stitches were put in before his two goals.
|Lee Stempniak (9) ASST: NONE|
1 - 0 TOR
|Ryan Malone (17) ASST: Lukas Krajicek (9), Martin St. Louis (32)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Ryan Malone (18) ASST: Martin St. Louis (33), Matt Smaby (3)|
2 - 1 TBL
|PPG - Mark Recchi (12) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (26), Martin St. Louis (34)|
3 - 1 TBL
|PPG - Martin St. Louis (20) ASST: Mark Recchi (25), Mike McKenna (1)|
4 - 1 TBL
|PPG - Lee Stempniak (10) ASST: Pavel Kubina (19), Niklas Hagman (16)|
4 - 2 TBL
|Niklas Hagman (17) ASST: Mikhail Grabovski (14), Jeff Finger (10)|
4 - 3 TBL
|PPG - Steven Stamkos (7) ASST: Vinny Prospal (21), Steve Eminger (18)|
5 - 3 TBL
|Vincent Lecavalier (25) ASST: Josef Melichar (5), Cory Murphy (6)|
6 - 3 TBL
|Nikolay Kulemin (9) ASST: Jamal Mayers (6), Jonas Frogren (5)|
6 - 4 TBL
|Ian White Interference against Vinny Prospal|
|Pavel Kubina Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Evgeny Artyukhin Kneeing against Niklas Hagman|
|Adam Hall Fighting (maj) against Jaime Sifers|
|Jaime Sifers Fighting (maj) against Adam Hall|
|Marek Malik Interference against Nik Antropov|
|Jamal Mayers Interference against Josef Melichar|
|Jonas Frogren Tripping against Evgeny Artyukhin|