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Tampa Bay
Lightning
24-40-18
Toronto
Maple Leafs
34-35-13

30 SOG
21 SOG
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TBL
TOR
game recap

Lightning 4, Maple Leafs 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Lightning 4, Maple Leafs 1
Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 1

TORONTO (AP) -If the Tampa Bay Lightning could play the Toronto Maple Leafs more than four times a season, they might not have the NHL's second-worst record.

Matt Pettinger, Martin St. Louis, Ryan Malone and Paul Szczechura all scored goals to lift the Lightning to a 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs on Thursday night. Tampa Bay is 3-0 against Toronto this season.

Lee Stempniak had given Toronto a 1-0 lead, but it didn't last. The Maple Leafs had earned 15 of 22 points in their previous 11 games but couldn't cope with the Lightning, who have the second fewest points in the NHL.

The tired Lightning gritted their way to a win after a 3-2 overtime loss at Ottawa on Wednesday.

"My legs felt better in the third than they did in the first," Malone said. "You get your second wind and kind of just roll with it."

Stempniak scored the only goal in the first period that included only 12 shots on goal.

"We were standing around," Malone said of his team's slow start. "We weren't strong on the puck individually and they did a good job of getting on us."

Luke Schenn slapped a long shot and the puck bounced to Stempniak at the front of the crease. Tampa Bay goalie Karri Ramo lost his balance and Stempniak smacked in his 13th goal at 3:21. He has scored 10 times in 49 games since being acquired from St. Louis.

The Lightning tied it with a second-period breakaway. Maple Leafs goalie Martin Gerber fell into his net while blocking the puck with his right leg but he couldn't stop Pettinger's shot from crossing the goal line at 5:25.

St. Louis made it 2-1 at 17:10 when he fired a cross-ice pass from Steven Stamkos into the open side for his 25th goal.

"It's a lot easier to play with a lead," St. Louis said.

Tampa Bay outshot Toronto 16-5 in the second period.

"We responded well from our loss in Ottawa," Malone said.

Anton Stralman took his second penalty of the night at 13:06, and Malone took advantage by scoring his 24th goal at 14:35.

Szczechura capped the scoring by beating Gerber with a wrist shot at 17:54.

"They took it to us in the second period and part of that was our fault," Stempniak said. "We didn't take the extra stride to get pucks in or really pay the price to win the game.

"The game was right there at the beginning of the second period but it just turned in their favor."

Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson was ejected in the final minute for arguing with the referees.

"I've been kicked out before," Wilson said. "It's not a big deal."

Notes: Tampa Bay led 30-21 in shots. ... A spectator threw a puck onto the ice in the third period, and a linesman retrieved it as play continued. ... Lightning rookie Steve Stamkos has 14 goals and 33 points in 65 games. ... Tampa Bay won two previous games against Toronto this season 3-2 on Oct. 28 and 6-4 on Feb. 12. ... Going into the game, man games lost due to injuries totaled 258 for Tampa Bay and 159 for Toronto.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:21
TOR
Lee Stempniak (13) ASST: Jason Blake (31), Luke Schenn (6)
1 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
05:25
TBL
Matt Pettinger (4) ASST: Martins Karsums (2)
1 - 1 Tie
17:19
TBL
Martin St. Louis (25) ASST: Steven Stamkos (19), Ryan Malone (16)
2 - 1 TBL
3rd Period
14:35
TBL
PPG - Ryan Malone (24) ASST: Cory Murphy (10), Vincent Lecavalier (36)
3 - 1 TBL
17:54
TBL
Paul Szczechura (3) ASST: NONE
4 - 1 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
05:16
TBL
Evgeny Artyukhin  Holding against  Brad May
16:07
TBL
Evgeny Artyukhin  Hooking against  Nikolay Kulemin
2nd Period
06:00
TOR
Anton Stralman  Interference against  Steven Stamkos
08:11
TOR
Phil Oreskovic  Slashing against  Ryan Craig
12:18
TOR
Nikolay Kulemin  Holding against  Matt Pettinger
3rd Period
07:11
TBL
Jeff Halpern  Hi-sticking against  John Mitchell
13:06
TOR
Anton Stralman  Tripping against  Steven Stamkos
19:06
TBL
Evgeny Artyukhin  Misconduct against  Ben Ondrus
19:06
TOR
Ben Ondrus  Misconduct against  Evgeny Artyukhin
19:06
TBL
Ryan Craig  Misconduct against  Ben Ondrus
goalie stats
Karri Ramo
SA: 21TOI: 59:48
Saves: 20EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .952SH: 1 - 1
Martin Gerber
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 16 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .867SH: 1 - 1