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Leafs get the breaks against Lightning

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
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TORONTO (Ticker) -- After six miserable games on their homestand, Alexander Mogilny left Toronto Maple Leafs' fans wanting more.

Mogilny scored with 2:22 left to complete his 14th career hat trick and give the Maple Leafs their only lead in a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Breaking in from the left side, Mogilny rifled a slap shot from just inside the blue line. Goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin got a piece of the puck, but it fluttered by him and into the net.

"Not the guy you want with the puck," Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis said. "He played a good game tonight. It's just so disappointing to not get the win out of any of the last three games."

Toronto won for the first time in six games this season when trailing after two periods and finished the 2-4-1 homestand on a high note.

"It would have been awful walking out tonight if we hadn't bounced back," Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn said.

Alexander Mogilny recorded his 14th career hat trick.
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The Lightning had been perfect in six games when leading after 40 minutes. But they finished a winless three-game road trip with a sputtering power play that went 0-for-12 during the trek.

"Tonight, I think we should have won the game," Khabibulin said.

"There was no excuse for the fourth goal. It's hard to lose a game like that. It was an awful road trip."

Darcy Tucker scored the tying goal just over three minutes before Mogilny's winner. The goal was the 100th of Tucker's career and came on assists from Shayne Corson and defenseman Robert Svehla, who gained his 300th NHL point.

Sheldon Keefe, Andre Roy and Brad Richards scored for Tampa Bay.

St. Louis had a pair of assists and leads the Lightning in all offensive categories with nine goals, 11 assists and 20 points.

Tampa Bay has lost the last five meetings with Toronto.

"It was a good game for us tonight," Quinn said. "The Tampa team is clearly a much better team than we remember. It was nice for us to bounce back and now we have to build on that."

Nik Antropov, who set up Mogilny's first goal, suffered a knee injury and will undergo a CT scan Wednesday.

Keefe broke a scoreless tie 8:40 into the second period, but Mogilny tied it at 16:01, but Roy put the Lightning back in front just 96 seconds later.

Mogilny forged a 2-2 deadlock at 2:25 of the third, but Richards got his first goal in 12 games since the season opener.
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