Lightning 3, Maple Leafs 2, OT

BY foxsports • January 22, 2010

A careless penalty helped cost the Toronto Maple Leafs another road game.

Martin St. Louis scored a power-play goal with 9.8 seconds left in overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 comeback victory over Toronto on Thursday night.

After the Maple Leafs received a penalty for too many men on the ice with 43.1 seconds left, St. Louis scored the winner from the top of the left circle.

``We should have been more disciplined,'' Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. ``We weren't and we lose because of it.''

Ian White and Matt Stajan scored for Toronto, which is 2-11 in its last 13 road games.

Tampa Bay also got goals from Steven Stamkos and Ryan Malone. Stamkos added two assists.

``We responded,'' said Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet, whose team was coming off an 8-2 loss Tuesday to the New York Rangers. ``Marty, a great goal for us. Confidence wise for our team, we definitely needed it.''

After Stajan scored from the right circle during a power play to give Toronto a 2-1 advantage at 9:08 of the third, Malone pulled the Lightning even at 2 with a rebound power-play goal with 3:49 to play.

``It's a tough break and a tough way to lose,'' Stajan said. ``We worked hard to get a lead and we just can't make mental mistakes. We can't take penalties.''

The Maple Leafs are 1-10 this season in games decided in overtime or a shootout. They are 0-8 when the game ends during OT.

``It's ridiculous, actually. It's just one after the other,'' White said.

White put the Maple Leafs up 1-0 with a power-play goal at 7:05 of the second. Phil Kessel extended his point streak to seven games (seven assists, eight points) with an assist on the goal.

Tampa Bay tied it at 1 when Stamkos scored his 26th goal this season with 8:14 left in the second. Vincent Lecavalier set up the goal - the first of three assists in the game - and has seven assists and 10 points during a six-game point streak.

The Lightning failed to score on a 2-minute, 5-on-3 power play late in the first, but wound up 2 of 7 with the man advantage. Toronto entered with the NHL's worst penalty killing unit.

``I guess we redeemed ourselves,'' Lecavalier said. ``It could have gone either way. We capitalized on our (later) opportunities.''

The Maple Leafs were successful on 2 of 6 power plays.

Toronto defenseman Carl Gunnarsson picked up his fifth assist this season on White's goal. He has four assists in two games against Tampa Bay.

White ended an 11-game goal drought.

NOTES: Struggling Tampa Bay rookie D Victor Hedman was a healthy scratch. ... Toronto C Wayne Primeau (knee) played after missing the previous nine games. ... The Lightning claimed C Nate Thompson off waivers from the New York Islanders and assigned rookie C James Wright to Vancouver of the Western Hockey League. ... Lightning G Mike Smith (strained neck) has resumed practicing. ... Maple Leafs D Mike Komisarek (shoulder) might return next week.



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