NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Tampa Bay
(Thursday, January 21st)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, Toronto 2 (OT)
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Martin St. Louis scored on a power play with 9.8 seconds left in overtime, giving Tampa Bay a 3-2 victory over Toronto.
Steven Stamkos scored his 26th goal and had two assists, while Ryan Malone also lit the lamp for the Lightning, who were coming off an 8-2 loss against the Rangers on Tuesday. Antero Niittymaki stopped 20-of-22 shots in the win.
"We definitely needed this for our confidence...Maybe this loosens us up," Lightning head coach Rick Tocchet said.
Ian White and Matt Stajan scored power-play goals for the Maple Leafs, who received a 29-save effort from Jonas Gustavsson in the club's third loss in four games.
The Maple Leafs were coming down on a 2-on-1 break with the seconds winding down in the extra session, but the play was stopped short due to the visitors having too many men on the ice with 43.1 seconds to play.
"It was the right call. The guy wasn't off the ice when we touched the puck. That's a standard rule," Leafs head coach Ron Wilson said.
On the ensuing power play, St. Louis let a one-timer fly from the top of the left circle over Gustavsson's right shoulder for the deciding goal.
Toronto opened the game's scoring in the second period when Phil Kessel sent a cross-ice pass to White for a power-play tally at the 7:05 mark.
Stamkos went short-side on a one-timer from the left circle to tie it 4:41 later. The goal came just as a hooking penalty on Tomas Kaberle expired.
With Stamkos serving a high-sticking minor in the third, Stajan found the back of the net to give Toronto a 2-1 lead with 10:52 remaining in regulation.
The Lightning gained a 4-on-3 advantage late in the third after Alexei Ponikarovsky was whistled for boarding with 4:16 left. Just 27 seconds later, Malone cleaned up a rebound in front for the tying score.
Ponikarovsky was called for unsportsmanlike conduct following the goal, but Tampa Bay failed to score with the extra skater and the game went to overtime.
Toronto went 2-for-6 with the man advantage after scoring one goal in 23 power-play opportunities the previous five games...The Lightning went 2-for-7 with the extra skater...Vincent Lecavalier had three assists in the win.
01/22 01:02:38 ET