TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ What appeared to be a blown call wound up costing the
Tampa Bay Lightning one point.
Gary Roberts scored with 44.4 seconds left in the third period as the
Toronto Maple Leafs and Lightning tied 4-4 Tuesday night.
Roberts scored from the low slot, completing a two-goal third-period
The goal came after a disputed icing call against the Lightning.
Tampa Bay defenseman Pavel Kubina sent the puck off the board from behind
his net past two Toronto players at the point. The puck was slowing as it
neared the end line and television replays appeared to show Maple Leafs
defenseman Bryan McCabe touching the puck before it crossed the line.
Linesman Jonny Murray raised his hand to indicate icing, which resulted in a
faceoff in the Lightning zone with 56.1 remaining that setup the tying goal.
``Don't ask me ... don't even bother,'' a frustrated Tampa Bay coach John
Tortorella said at the start of his postgame news conference.
Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn said he didn't know whether his team caught a
``There were a lot of missed calls all night long,'' he said. ``So to pick
one out and say that we got one, I'd argue that all night long.''
Toronto's Tomas Kaberle didn't get an assist, but played a key role in
Roberts' goal by keeping Martin St. Louis' clearing attempt in the Lightning
zone after the faceoff.
``I've got to get that puck out,'' St. Louis said. ``I've got to find a way
to get it out. Fight all game and it comes down to that play. I'm very
disappointed (in myself).''
The Lightning had taken a 4-2 lead when Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards
scored 50 seconds apart early in the period.
Lecavalier got his second goal of the game, both on the power play, from the
right-circle. Richards then made it a two-goal game from in close.
Owen Nolan got the Maple Leafs within 4-3 on a power play at 5:09.
St. Louis had a goal and two assists for the Lightning, who had lost nine
straight to the Maple Leafs. Tampa Bay is 7-1-1 over the past nine games
``We played them toe-to-toe tonight,'' Tortorella said. ``We didn't finish
the game. We had it almost finished, but things didn't happen. We'll take the
point. I'm very happy with the point and I'm very happy with the effort.''
Mats Sundin and Robert Reichel also scored for Toronto, which is 6-2-1 in
its last nine games.
``We showed a lot of character,'' Sundin said. ``I think anytime you're down
4-2 in the third and you find a way to earn a point, I think it's great.''
The Lightning went 3-for-4 on the power play and have converted 12 of their
last 28 opportunities. Toronto was 2-of-5 with the man advantage.
St. Louis put the Lightning up 1-0 with a power-play goal 59 seconds into
the second period. The right wing's 25th goal came from low slot as he was
being checked to the ice.
Sundin tied it on a power play. He skated down the slot and beat Nikolai
Khabibulin after taking a breakout pass from McCabe.
Tampa Bay went back up 2-1 on Lecavalier's power-play goal, but Reichel made
Trevor Kidd made 25 saves in his third consecutive start for the injured Ed
Belfour, who did not make the trip because of a back injury.
Khabibulin turned aside 25 shots.