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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Ian White scored a tiebreaking power-play goal midway through the third period and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 Wednesday night.

White picked up a loose puck off a deflected pass by Matt Stajan and scored from in close to give Toronto a 3-2 lead with 8:17 left. He hadn't scored a goal in his previous 22 games.

Hal Gill got the Maple Leafs even at 2 at 1:51 of the third. The goal snapped a 26-game goal-scoring drought and gave him 100 career points. Alexei Ponikarovsky had an empty-net goal with 1:20 to play.

Tampa Bay had Eric Perrin's potential go-ahead goal disallowed at 3:20 of the third because Andreas Karlsson was sent to the penalty box for goaltender interference. Karlsson and Toronto defenceman Bryan McCabe were battling for position when the infraction was called.

Tomas Kaberle scored his fifth goal in the past three games for Toronto.

Brad Richards and Vincent Lecavalier had the Lightning goals. Lecavalier has scored a goal in five straight games.

The Lightning took a 2-1 lead at 6:24 of the second on Lecavalier's rebound goal.

Richards gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead at 11:24 of the first. Kaberle tied it at 1 with 2:25 left in the period.

The Maple Leafs, who scored three goals with the man advantage in a 1:26 span in Monday's 4-2 win over Atlanta, had just one shot during a 4-minute power play early in the first.

Notes: Lecavalier also has eight points during a six-game point streak. ... Toronto D Jay Harrison (hand) didn't play. ... Tampa Bay RW Martin St. Louis had an assist to extend his point streak to six games. He has three assists and nine points over the stretch. ... Kaberle's goal gave him 300 career points.

 

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