NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Toronto
(Tuesday, March 23rd)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 7, Toronto 2
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Fredrik Modin finished with a goal and two assists to lead Tampa Bay to a 7-2 win over Toronto at Air Canada Centre.
Dave Andreychuk and Vincent Lecavalier each posted a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who snapped a two-game losing streak and maintained a one-point lead over Atlantic Division-leading Philadelphia for first place in the Eastern Conference.
John Grahame made 27 saves in the victory, while Martin St. Louis assisted on three goals. Tampa Bay concluded its road slate at 22-12-4-3.
"We've beat some good teams on the road this year," said St. Louis. "Those are the games that are a good gauge for us."
Alexander Mogilny and Nik Antropov each scored for the Maple Leafs, who had a two-game winning streak snapped and fell five points behind Tampa Bay in the conference standings and three behind Boston, which leads the Northeast Division. Ed Belfour turned away 33 of 40 shots in defeat.
"We weren't a very smart hockey team and quite frankly we didn't want to work hard enough [to win]," said Toronto head coach Pat Quinn.
Modin, Brad Lukowich, Ruslan Fedotenko and Brad Richards all scored in the first period for the Southeast Division champion Lightning, who also ended a five-game losing streak in Toronto.
Modin and Mogilny traded goals in the first 5 1/2 minutes of the game, but the Lightning then scored three times before the end of the opening period to take control.
Lukowich posted his fifth of the season to put Tampa Bay ahead 2-1 at 6:21 on a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle.
Then Fedotenko scored on a backhander from the slot with 6:31 remaining in the period. Richards capped the barrage and put Tampa Bay ahead 4-1 with 20 seconds to play when he tipped in a shot from the right point by Cory Stillman.
Early in the second period, Antropov pulled the Maple Leafs within 4-2. Working with Joe Nieuwendyk on a 2-on-1, Antropov beat Grahame with a one- timer from between the circles.
But Andreychuk ended the second with a power-play tally. His score,a rebound in the slot off a shot by Modin with 1:48 left in the period, put the Lightning ahead 5-2.
Late in the third period, Lecavalier and Martin Cibak scored just over a minute apart for Tampa Bay to cap the scoring.
The Lightning went ahead 1-0 on Modin's power-play tally early in the first period. He stole the puck from Toronto defenseman Aki Berg and beat Belfour with a backhand shot.
Less than three minutes later, Mogilny scored on the power play to force a 1-1 tie for Toronto at 5:29. He beat Grahame on a one-timer from near the right circle.
Stillman had two assists for the Lightning, who snapped a two-game road losing streak and won for the second time in their last 12 meetings in the series (2-9-1)...Toronto, which lost for the fourth time in its last nine at home, allowed a season-high in goals for the third time this season...Modin moved into second place on Tampa Bay's all-time goals list (112), surpassing Brian Bradley. Lecavalier leads the franchise with 144.
03/24 00:23:20 ET