Namestnikov scores in OT, Lightning beat Maple Leafs 5-4
TORONTO (AP) Vladislav Namestnikov scored 2:01 into overtime to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.
Nikita Kucherov, Anton Stralman, Mike Blunden and Jonathan Marchessault had Tampa Bay's goals in regulation. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 33 shots.
Tyler Bozak, James van Riemsdyk, Morgan Rielly and Daniel Winnik scored for the Maple Leafs, who played for the first time since beating New Jersey last Tuesday.
Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier, back from a conditioning assignment with the AHL Toronto Marlies, stopped 22 shots while giving up more than four goals for the fifth straight start and remaining winless on the season (0-8-2).
With Lightning star Steven Stamkos in town in the final year of his contract, there was plenty of buzz about his future, including signs from fans encouraging the nearby Markham, Ontario, native to sign with his hometown Leafs as a free agent this summer.
Stamkos didn't register a point but set a screen on Stralman's goal late in the second period that helped spark Tampa Bay's comeback.
From the drop of the puck, the Leafs played with the energy of a team that hadn't played in a week. Coach Mike Babcock said it felt like three months since his team's last game, but the Leafs took a 16-4 shots advantage in the first period and controlled the play.
First-period goals by Bozak and van Riemsdyk gave the Leafs the lead, and Rielly added another in the second after an important 5-on-3 penalty kill.
While Bernier couldn't be held responsible for Kucherov's back-hander early on, he couldn't stop Stralman's shot with 35.5 seconds remaining in the second period and wasn't at his best in the third.
As the Leafs' defense collapsed in front of him, Bernier was beaten clean by Blunden for his first of the season. Before he got a chance to compose himself, Marchessault put the puck on net from long range and scored through traffic to give the Lightning the lead.
Winnik deflected a shot by Roman Polak past Vasilevskiy with 6:32 left in the third period to tie it back up and get the Leafs to overtime.
NOTES: D Frankie Corrado made his Leafs debut after being claimed off waivers from Vancouver 10 weeks ago. … Garret Sparks backed up Bernier as James Reimer remains out with a groin injury. … F Yanni Gourde made his NHL debut for the Lightning.
- Andrei Vasilevskiy
- Anton Stralman
- Daniel Winnik
- Jonathan Bernier
- Jonathan Marchessault
- Mike Blunden
- Morgan Rielly
- Nikita Kucherov
- Tampa Bay Lightning
- Toronto Maple Leafs
- Tyler Bozak
- Vladislav Namestnikov