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Leafs beat Lightning for second straight win

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
TORONTO (AP) -- Vincent Lecavalier is struggling so badly he couldn't even score on a penalty shot.

Curtis Joseph kept Toronto's third-period lead intact by stopping Lecavalier's penalty shot, and Alyn McCauley, Gary Roberts and Mikael Renberg scored third-period goals as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 Tuesday night.

"You have to get those big goals," said Lecavalier, who missed training camp because of contract holdout. "You have to bury your chances. There are no excuses."

Lecavalier has failed to score a goal in his first nine games this season. He's decided not to wear a visor until he breaks out of his slump.

"Right now, in front of the net, I feel like I'm nervous," Lecavalier said. "I've got to shoot, and I'm not looking where to shoot. That's why I'm not scoring. I've got to be patient with it."

Lecavalier admitted he was nervous on the penalty shot, which Joseph stopped with his pad.

"I couldn't feel my legs coming up the ice," he said. "I made three moves, and he had me on three moves. I wish I would have shot."

Joseph, coming off consecutive shutouts, made 20 saves for the Maple Leafs, who have won five of their last seven.

The Lightning went 0-for-7 on the power play.

"I take a lot of pride in penalty killing," said McCauley, whose short-handed goal gave Toronto the lead. "We didn't give up one goal tonight."

After a Roberts giveaway, St. Louis made a backhanded pass to Richards, who beat Joseph at 9:35 of the first period to open the scoring.

Roberts tied it at 1 after stopping Dave Manson's pass with his skate, and then firing a shot over goalie Nikolai Khabibulin's shoulder at 4:31 of the third.

McCauley gave Toronto the lead with a short-handed goal at 8:04 of the third. He snapped a wrist shot past Khabibulin for his third goal of the season.

Renberg scored two minutes later on a wraparound.

St. Louis cut Toronto's lead to 3-2 with his fifth goal of the season at 12:41.

Notes: The Maple Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle to a multiyear contract on Tuesday. Kaberle signed a deal reportedly worth $5 million for three years...Kevin Weekes replaced Khabibulin with 1:22 remaining in the third. ... Roberts has four goals this season, Renberg has three for Toronto.

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