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Leafs unload on Lightning

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
TORONTO (Ticker) -- After Alexander Mogilny helped give the Toronto Maple Leafs a lead, Tie Domi put it away.

Mogilny scored twice and added an assist and Domi netted a pair of third-period goals, leading the Maple Leafs to a 7-2 triumph over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"It doesn't really matter to me who scores, as long as we score," Domi said. "It's a good sign, especially going into the playoffs."

Mogilny got Toronto on the board midway through the first period by wristing a pass by Cory Cross between goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin's pads, then struck for the 20th time this season to give the Leafs a 3-2 lead with 3:58 left in the second.

Alexander Mogilny popped two goals, including the winner.
(Credit: Graig Abel Photography)
Mogilny got the puck at the edge of the left faceoff circle off of a draw by Robert Reichel, then one-timed it over Khabibulin's right pad for the eventual game-winner.

But it was the Leafs' enforcer who came up the biggest. Domi scored twice at the end of a four-goal eruption by Toronto in an 85-second span.

Domi gave the Maple Leafs a four-goal cushion 6:09 into the third on a one-timer from the slot, then capped the scoring 26 seconds later with his eighth, a slap shot from the right faceoff circle.

Reichel and Mats Sundin registered the other two goals in the outburst, which came five seconds shy of tying the NHL record for fastest four goals by a team. The record was originally set by the Boston Bruins in a 14-3 win over the New York Rangers on January 21, 1945.

"We're all going to have a hard time sleeping," Lightning center Dave Andreychuk said. "We're all going to realize we have to work harder or good teams like this will beat us handily."

Making his first appearance in three games since suffering a back injury, Reichel opened the barrage 5:10 into the third period. Mogilny spun around at the bottom of the right circle and centered to Reichel, who fired the puck inside the right post.

Tampa Bay pulled Khabibulin in favour of rookie Dieter Kochan and called a timeout, but the Leafs responded with goals on three of their next four shots.

"I felt bad for him," Domi said, referring to Kochan. "But I guess the way it goes sometimes in the National Hockey League. It was a tough situation for him."

"You don't want to see that happening to the guy that replaced you," Khabibulin said. "The first couple of shots were unbelievable scoring chances. Sitting for so long on the bench, it's so hard to come out there and stop that. So I feel pretty bad for him, but it wasn't a good night for anybody."

Goaltender Tom Barrasso finished with 24 saves for his first victory as a Leaf and Paul Healey had the other goal for Toronto, which won for the third time in its last four games.

Shane Willis and Vaclav Prospal scored four minutes apart in the first period for the Lightning, who failed to earn a point for the first time in nine games.

Willis opened the scoring 6:35 into the game with a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle for his first tally in 11 games.

Tampa Bay doubled its lead on Prospal's 16th, a wrist shot inside the left post.

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