The Maple Leafs were literally hit by Lightning on Tuesday. Martin St. Louis scored his second of the game with nine seconds left to tie it at 3-3 and send it to overtime.
In the extra frame, Luke Schenn joined the rush but his pass was intercepted and Brett Clark and Simon Gagne went the other way. Gagne held the puck and roofed it over Jonas Gustavsson just 1:15 into overtime sending the Leafs to their third straight setback.
There is no hotter duo in the NHL right now than Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos. Heading into the game the two had combined for the most points among teammates and they added to that total. St. Louis had two goals while Stamkos added an assist giving them 71 points.
St. Louis was all over the ice all night. He scored two goals, the second of which forced overtime. He led all forwards in the game with 24 minutes and he stepped up when his team needed him. .
Playing in his first game with the Leafs, Joey Crabb had a solid debut. He contributed one assist on the night in his 15:30 of ice-time. Playing with Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski, the line was effective as Kulemin scored twice.
Crabb showed a willingness to get to the front net, he saw time on the power play and he took the body against the Lightning defence. A very solid first game for the Anchorage, Alaska native.
Coming into Tuesday's game, the Leafs were just ahead of the Lightning in faceoff winning percentage but that will change after the faceoff results in the Leafs' loss.
Tampa Bay dominated the draws winning 60 per cent. Dominic Moore won the most important faceoff late in third period over Tyler Bozak. Moore won 12 of his 15 draws. Bozak was the best of the Leafs winning 60 per cent but Nazem Kadri, Tim Brent and Grabovski all struggled.
Ron Wilson on the events leading up to the tying goal:
"Icing the puck in an empty-net situation even though we call a time out to give everybody a rest and then we got wandering around. We lost the faceoff and they made a good play but we didn't have two defencemen near the front of the net to block the shot and it ends up in."
Thursday, December 2 vs. Edmonton 7 PM ET (Leafs TV, AM640)
Game Notes: The Leafs' homestand continues as the Leafs face the Edmonton Oilers who are in Toronto for the only time this season.
This will be the Oilers' second straight games as Wednesday they face Montreal. It will be the Oilers' final game on their three-game Eastern Canada road trip.