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NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Tampa Bay



(Tuesday, January 31st)

Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, Toronto 2 (SO)

St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards both scored in the shootout as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2, at St. Pete Times Forum.

Richards added a goal in regulation while Lecavalier notched an assist for the Lightning, who have won six of their last eight games. Ryan Craig also tallied a goal for the Lightning.

Sean Burke got the start in net for Tampa Bay and made 25 saves in the victory.

Darcy Tucker had a goal and an assist while Ed Belfour allowed two goals on 37 shots for Toronto, which has lost nine of its last 10 games.

After Burke stopped Mats Sundin to open the shootout, Lecavalier lifted a backhander just under the crossbar for a 1-0 Lightning advantage. Alexei Ponikarovsky followed and rang a wrist shot off the left post for Toronto. Richards then sealed it for Tampa Bay, firing a quick snap shot stick side past Belfour.

"Toronto played very well, but we definitely wanted to outwork them and I think we did," said Lecavalier. "I think from the first minute to the last, our tempo went up a little bit and the third period was a good period for us and we capitalized, tied it up and won in shootout, so we're all pretty happy about it."

With 3:35 left in the opening period, Chad Kilger put the Leafs ahead 1-0 with his 10th goal of the season. Tucker sent a pass from the left corner out in front to Kilger, who one-timed the puck off Burke's left shoulder and into the net.

Tampa Bay tied it up at 1-1, scoring a goal with less than a second left in the first period. In front of the net, Richards re-directed Ruslan Fedotenko's shot from the right half-wall that slipped through the pads of Belfour.

Midway through the second stanza, Tucker gave Toronto a 2-1 lead with a power- play goal. Tomas Kaberle sent a heavy slap shot from the left point that Tucker tipped past Burke.

The Lightning tied it up at 2-2 just 4:11 into the final frame with Craig deflecting Dan Boyle's wrist shot from the point past a screened Belfour.

"We talked about hard work and trying to get as many shots as we can on net," said Boyle. "Obviously, the power play wasn't clicking tonight but when I got the puck at the blueline, I just decided to put it to the net and it goes off our guy and he puts it in. It's a pretty simple goal when you think about it."

In overtime, Tucker had a great chance to win it for the Leafs, but Burke made a pad save on him down low with just under 20 seconds to play.

Game Notes

The Lightning improved to 14-9-2 at home this season...Boyle's assist was his 22nd of the season while Lecavalier notched his 25th helper...The Maple Leafs dropped to 10-13-3 as the visiting team this season...Defenseman Bryan McCabe returned to the lineup for Toronto after missing nine games with a groin injury.

01/31 23:55:05 ET

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