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Phaneuf nets winner as Maple Leafs top Lightning
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Dion Phaneuf scored 4:01 into overtime, lifting the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
Tim Connolly and Jake Gardiner also scored for Toronto, with Gardiner's goal tying the game late in the third period.
Ben Scrivens made 35 saves in the win -- only the Maple Leafs' 10th since the All-Star break (10-17-5). They will finish the regular season on Saturday in Montreal.
"We talked about wanting to win at home for our fans in the final home game," said Phaneuf. "All of our focus was on winning this one for them and we feel good about tonight."
Steven Stamkos inched closer to becoming the first player since Alex Ovechkin in 2007-08 to score 60 goals, getting his 59th on a stuff early in the third period to give Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead.
Martin St. Louis also scored while Dwayne Roloson gave up three goals on 31 shots for the Lightning, who fell to 2-3-1 in their last six and will wrap up the season at Winnipeg on Saturday to finish a three-game road trip.
"We were in this game, I mean we had 40 shots, but their goaltender played hard," said Tampa Bay head coach Guy Boucher. "We gave a good effort tonight, but just fell short."
The Maple Leafs, though they have endured a second-half collapse, won all four games with the Lightning this season after being swept in last season's four- game series.
Phaneuf's 11th goal of the season, a rebound he found next to the goal, ended it.
Earlier, St. Louis opened the scoring 5:49 into the game with his 25th of the season on a one-timer in the slot. Connolly got his 13th just 43 seconds after that at the end of a 3-on-2.
Following a scoreless second period, Stamkos netted his league-leading 59th goal 8:48 into the third after a nice pass by Bruno Gervais through the legs of a Toronto defender.
Gardiner's seventh of the season tied the game with 2:55 left in regulation.
The Maple Leafs outscored the Lightning 20-7 this season...Ovechkin had 65 goals for the Capitals four years ago...St. Louis and Gardiner also had an assist.
04/06 00:59:33 ET