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Antropov pots second career OT winner

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
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TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- Nik Antropov scored with 71 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning and a sweep of their four-game road trip.

Antropov got the puck to defenseman Bryan McCabe, whose shot was stopped by Nikolai Khabibulin. But the All-Star goaltender left a rebound that Antropov put in a vacated net for his 14th goal and second overtime winner this season.

"You just have to be at the right place at the right time," Antropov said. "You have to go to the net, that's where good things happen."

The Leafs came from behind in the third period to beat the Lightning in three of four wins this season and have taken the last seven meetings.

Defenseman Nolan Pratt nearly gave Tampa Bay just its third home win over Toronto in 18 games 2:50 into overtime, but his shot from the high slot hit the left goalpost.

It was hard fought game in Tampa on Thursday.
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"I was a little screened," Toronto goalie Trevor Kidd said. "I was a little surprised, I thought I had it covered. It's nice to win one like this."

In his first start since January 17, Kidd stopped 34 shots en route to his fourth win of the season.

"Kidd had a lot of work in the later part of the game and did a terrific job," Leafs coach Pat Quinn said.

Mikael Renberg lifted the Maple Leafs into a 2-2 tie 3:53 into the third period with his first goal in 13 games since December 14.

"We battled real hard today," said Renberg, who pushed a rebound over Khabibulin's left shoulder. "We've been concentrating real hard since we had the All-Star break."

Veteran Dave Andreychuk gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead with the only goal of the second period at 3:21. On the power play, he deflected Brad Richards' point shot for his 14th goal of the season and 11th with the extra man.

"They kept coming at us," said Andreychuk, who was honored before the game for scoring his 600th NHL goal earlier this season. "The positive out of this is we got a point."

The go-ahead goal came after Ruslan Fedotenko got Tampa Bay on the board with 61 seconds to go in the opening period off another setup by Richards.

Jonas Hoglund ended a 12-game drought 11:23 into the game to give Toronto a 1-0 lead. Unchecked outside the crease, he lifted the puck into a vacated net just as a power play expired.

The Maple Leafs matched their longest winning streak of the season and have taken six of their last seven on the road.

Tampa Bay dropped to 8-28-1 all-time against Toronto.

"We haven't beaten these guys and looking back at the games it feels like we should have," said Fredrik Modin, a former Leaf.

"I feel that we have had them right where we want them, but somehow we manage to lose late in games."

"Obviously, we wanted the second point, but we'll take the one point, build off some of the good things that happened and get read for Florida," Lightning coach John Tortorella added.
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