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Dan Boyle scores in overtime to lift Tampa Bay to 3-2 win over Toronto @NHLdotcom

TAMPA, Fla. - Dan Boyle scored a power-play goal with 2:58 left in overtime and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on Friday night.

Boyle, who also had two assists, scored from the left circle. Vincent Lecavalier picked up his second assist of the game in setting up the game-winner.

Tampa Bay's John Tortorella tied Bob Johnson for the most NHL wins by an American-born coach with 234.

Michel Ouellet and Alexandre Picard also had power-play goals for the Lightning, who won for the first time in six games. Mike Smith made 23 saves.

Alex Steen and Jason Blake had the Toronto goals, while Vesa Toskala stopped 24 shots. The Maple Leafs moved within five points of eighth place Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference.

Steen pulled the Maple Leafs to 2-1 just 27 seconds into the third. He skated completely around the net and scored on a backhander. Blake tied it 2-2 with 8:31 left in the period, when he skated in from the left wing and scored despite an attempt to slow him down from behind by Lightning defenceman Shane O'Brien.

Lecavalier hit the post from the right circle with 4:33 remaining in the third. He has gone eight games without a goal, but has eight assists over the stretch.

Ouellet put the Lightning ahead 1-0 with a power-play goal at 8:51 of the first. He has scored a goal in three consecutive games.

Picard made it 2-0 on his first goal since Feb. 22, 2007 - a span of 21 games - during a power play with 7:47 left in the second. Picard poked home a rebound after Boyle's shot hit the end boards and bounced out in front of the net.

Both goalies made strong saves in the opening two periods. Smith made a glove save on Matthew Stajan's shot from just outside crease late in the first. Toskala was down on the ice when he reached out with left arm to make a glove stop on Martin St. Louis' rebound attempt midway through the second.

Notes: Lightning D Filip Kuba missed his second straight game due to a right knee injury. He is day to day. ... Toskala has started 17 straight games.

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