NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Tampa Bay
(Wednesday, November 25th)
Final Score: Toronto 4, Tampa Bay 3
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Matt Stajan's breakaway goal late in the second proved to be the game-winner, as the Toronto Maple Leafs dealt the Lightning their first regulation home loss with a 4-3 victory at St. Pete Times Forum.
Niklas Hagman netted two goals for the Maple Leafs, who have won two of three following a five-game losing streak. Nikolai Kulemin also scored, and Carl Gunnarsson tallied three assists in the win.
Jonas Gustavsson stopped 28 shots to earn his fourth win of the season. The Leafs, who tied a franchise record with 61 shots in their last game, had 35 shots on Wednesday.
Vincent Lecavalier, Ryan Malone and Andrej Meszaros each scored for the Lightning, who are now 5-1-4 at home this season. Steven Stamkos registered two assists, and Antero Niittymaki gave up four goals on 35 shots to take the loss.
Stajan gave the Leafs their third lead of the game, putting them ahead for goof on a breakaway, beating Niittymaki on the stick side at 18:13.
Tampa Bay didn't mount much of a threat in the third period, firing just six shots on net, all of which were stopped by Gustavsson. The Lightning also had one power play to work with after Kulemin was called for tripping at the 9:21 mark, but couldn't take advantage.
Toronto took an early 2-0 lead. Kulemin's fourth goal of the year came 6:45 into the game, and a little more than five minutes later Hagman took a pass from Francois Beauchemin at the blue line, split two defenders and beat Niittymaki stick side.
Tampa Bay tied it up with two goals in 30 seconds. Meszaros got the Lightning on the board with one-timer from in close on the power play at 14:14, and Lecavalier grabbed a loose rebound and fired it through traffic past Gustavsson at 14:44 for a 2-2 game after the first period.
Just 1:20 into the middle period, the Leafs went back in front on Hagman's second goal of the game. Mikhail Grabovski rifled a shot that Niittymaki stopped with his skate, but Hagman found the rebound and scored from close range for a 3-2 lead.
The Lightning had another answer, though, as Malone followed up a Stamkos shot with a goal into a wide-open net from the slot at 7:51.
Toronto snapped a three-game road losing streak...The two teams have split the season series, 1-1...The Leafs have at least a point in four straight games (2-0-2)...The Lightning have lost three of four overall...Toronto went 0-for-3 on the power play, while Tampa Bay went 1-for-3.
11/25 21:53:02 ET