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Leafs Drop Third Straight Game

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

 
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Dwayne Roloson is focused on wins, not shutouts.

Roloson made 26 saves in his third shutout in 10 games this month, Teddy Purcell had a goal and an assist, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.

``I've forgotten what the score was,'' Roloson said. ``I know we won, and that's all that matters to me.''

Roloson, acquired in a trade with the New York Islanders on New Year's Day, took a shutout into the third period of a 7-1 win Sunday over Atlanta.

``He's been in the league this long for a reason,'' Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf said of the 41-year-old Roloson. ``If he sees the puck, like any goalie in the league, he's going to stop it. Tonight he played well, but we didn't generate a lot in the first to really test him any.''

Simon Gagne also scored for the Southeast Division-leading Lightning, who have opened a 12-game homestand with consecutive victories. Purcell has five points in the past two games, including three assists on Sunday.

``We wanted to build off that last game we had,'' Purcell said. ``We're rolling a little bit right now.''

Toronto all-star winger Phil Kessel had his goal drought reach seven games despite having six shots. The Maple Leafs completed a stretch of five games in seven days with a 1-4-0 record, including losses in the final three contests.

Gagne put the Lightning up 1-0 on his third goal over the past two games at 5:11 of the first. Purcell made it 2-0 with a power-play rebound with 7:16 left in the first.

Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer stopped 15 of 17 shots - including a pair of breakaways by Martin St. Louis - in the opening 20 minutes.

``They were all over us. We didn't have the answer, except Reims kept us in the game,'' Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. ``The second and third period, I thought we played really well.''

Reimer finished with 29 saves.

``They're a skilled team,'' he said. ``We found that out in the first. They've got a bunch of players that can shoot the puck and make plays.''

Toronto had almost as many penalties (three) as shots (four) during the first. The Maple Leafs went without a shot in the second half of the period.

The Maple Leafs outshot Tampa Bay 13-4 during a scoreless second. Roloson made several quality saves, including an in-close chance by Tyler Bozak.

``We're very happy with what's going on with our goaltenders,'' Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said.

Tampa Bay centre Steven Stamkos, the NHL scoring leader, had a six-game point streak (seven goals, 10 points) snapped. He enters the all-star break with 38 goals and 67 points.

Notes: LW Nikolai Kulemin played his 200th game with the Maple Leafs, which is second-most on the current roster. Only D Tomas Kaberle, who appeared Tuesday in his 869th game with Toronto, has played in more. ... Tampa Bay LW Ryan Malone missed his second consecutive game due to a mid-body injury. ... Lightning D Brett Clark assisted on Purcell's goal and snapped a personal 13-game point drought.

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