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Stamkos, Lecavalier score in the third as Tampa Bay beats Toronto 6-4

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TAMPA, Fla. - Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier scored third-period goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-4 on Thursday night.

Ryan Malone scored twice a 54-second span in the first period, and Mark Recchi and Martin St. Louis also scored in the frame to help Tampa Bay take a 4-1 lead.

Lee Stempniak scored twice for Toronto, and Niklas Hagman and Nikolai Kulemin added goals.

Stamkos, the No. 1 overall pick in last summer's draft, scored on a power play to give Tampa Bay a 5-3 lead at 6:01 of the third to give him 14 goals on the year.

Lecavalier added his team-high 25th goal with 6:32 left.

The Lightning jumped on the Leafs in the first, scoring four times in a 4:13 span.

After Malone got things started with his 17th and 18th goals, Recchi and St. Louis added power-play goals. St. Louis scored his 20th goal and had three assists.

Toronto goalie Vesa Toskala was pulled after the fourth goal, having made only eight saves. He was replaced by Curtis Joseph, who was seeing action in just his 12th game of the season.

Toronto cut Tampa's lead to 4-3 in the second as Stempniak scored his second goal of the game at 11:32 on a power play, and Hagman added his 17th goal 1:14 later.

Mike McKenna had 19 saves for Tampa Bay, and Joseph stopped 17 shots.

Notes: The Lightning recalled defenceman Josef Melichar from Norfolk. ... Maple Leafs centre Paul Szczechura was put on injured reserve Thursday because of an unspecified lower-body injury.

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