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Lightning 4, Maple Leafs 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

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Lightning 4, Maple Leafs 0
Toronto Maple Leafs 0, Tampa Bay Lightning 4

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -The Toronto Maple Leafs are not showing the effort needed to snap out of their slide.

Steven Stamkos scored two goals, Dan Ellis had his second shutout of the season and the Tampa Bay Lightning handed the Maple Leafs their sixth straight loss with a 4-0 victory Tuesday night.

"You've got to play 60 minutes in this game and I think it was obvious that we weren't ready to start," said Toronto goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who made 21 saves. "In the situation we're in, you need to see some desperation out of the guys, some competitiveness, and we're not seeing that."

Toronto went 0 for 5 on the power play, including a 48-second 5-on-3 advantage early in the first that resulted in no shots. The Maple Leafs have scored twice in their last 24 power-play opportunities.

"This league is about scoring first, so we passed up a great opportunity," Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. "You've got to find a way to get our power play going because if you don't score - like a 5-on-3 - it's depressing not to score or even get a scoring chance."

The slumping Maple Leafs (5-6-3) opened the season with four wins for the first time since 1993-94. Toronto has been outscored 19-8 - including being shutout three times - during the six-game skid.

Stamkos scored the first goal of the game during the first and extended the Lightning's advantage to 4-0 with his 13th goal this season with 14:14 remaining in the third. Ellis stopped 28 shots, including a pair of in-close chances by Tyler Bozak with just under two minutes to play in the second.

"We killed off that 5-on-3 and that was a huge momentum burst for us," Ellis said.

Nate Thompson and Dominic Moore also scored for the Lightning, who stopped a three-game losing skid.

Stamkos put the Lightning up 1-0 on his sixth power-play goal of the season at 11:10 of the first. Thompson made it 2-0 just 29 seconds later by stopping a personal 35-game goal drought, dating back to Feb. 13 against the New York Islanders.

Tampa Bay went ahead 3-0 when Moore scored with 46.2 seconds left in the first. He returned after missing the previous five games with a groin injury.

Stamkos has six goals and 13 points in nine games overall against Toronto. The center has a point in 12 of Tampa Bay's 14 games this season.

"Things are just going my way right now," Stamkos said. "It feels really nice to help this team win. I'm just going to keep shooting the puck and going to the net."

Stamkos tied Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby for the NHL lead in goals last season with 51.

NOTES: Wilson, with 587 wins, remains one victory away from tying Jacques Lemaire for seventh place on the NHL career list. ... Tampa Bay RW Steve Downie was a late scratch due to a bad back. ... Toronto LW Nikolai Kulemin had a streak of scoring a goal in three consecutive games end. ... Lightning LW Simon Gagne is undergoing tests for a neck injury which has sidelined him the past eight games.

scoring summary
1st Period
11:10
TBL
PPG - Steven Stamkos (12) Slapshot - ASST: Martin St. Louis (9), Vincent Lecavalier (6)
1 - 0 TBL
11:39
TBL
Nate Thompson (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Lundin (3), Dana Tyrell (1)
2 - 0 TBL
19:13
TBL
Dominic Moore (5) Tip-in - ASST: Randy Jones (4), Ryan Malone (7)
3 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
05:46
TBL
Steven Stamkos (13) Backhand shot - ASST: Adam Hall (3), Mattias Ohlund (1)
4 - 0 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
00:56
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jean-Sebastien Giguere
02:08
TBL
Nate Thompson  Tripping against  Nikolai Kulemin
10:20
TOR
Korbinian Holzer  Hooking against  Dominic Moore
14:51
TBL
Mattias Ohlund  Hooking against  Tyler Bozak
2nd Period
01:08
TOR
Mike Brown  Fighting (maj) against  Nate Thompson
01:08
TBL
Nate Thompson  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Brown
11:21
TOR
Clarke MacArthur  Interference against  Dana Tyrell
13:07
TBL
Victor Hedman  Holding against  Mikhail Grabovski
3rd Period
13:14
TBL
Dominic Moore  Tripping against  Phil Kessel
goalie stats
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 25TOI: 59:43
Saves: 21EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .840SH: 0 - 0
Dan Ellis
SA: 28TOI: 59:56
Saves: 28EV: 23 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0