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Lightning 6, Maple Leafs 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

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Lightning 6, Maple Leafs 4
Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 6

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Martin St. Louis had the touch.

Nearly everything the 5-foot-9 All-Star forward got a stick on resulted in a goal in the Tampa Bay Lightning' 6-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier scored third-period goals, but St. Louis was everywhere during a flurry of goals in the first that gave the Lightning a 4-1 lead.

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.

scoring summary
1st Period
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
2nd Period
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
3rd Period
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
Power Play Stats
Power Plays1/23/4
Power Play %15.9%18.8%
% on Road11.0%14.8%
% at Home20.6%22.9%
League Rank26th14th
penalty summary
1st Period
Ian White  Interference against  Vinny Prospal
Pavel Kubina  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
2nd Period
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
3rd Period
Jonas Frogren  Tripping against  Evgeny Artyukhin
goalie stats
Curtis Joseph
SA: 19TOI: 41:20
Saves: 17EV: 15 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .895SH: 0 - 0
Vesa Toskala
SA: 12TOI: 16:43
Saves: 8EV: 6 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .667SH: 0 - 0
Mike McKenna
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .840SH: 1 - 1
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