NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, January 31st
(All times eastern)
Toronto Maple Leafs (25-22-4) at Tampa Bay Lightning (27-21-4), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to put together their
first winning streak of 2006 when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight
at St. Pete Times Forum.
The Maple Leafs snapped an eight-game losing streak on Monday night with a
victory at Florida. Ed Belfour made 33 saves and Toronto earned the 4-2 win at
Darcy Tucker scored his 20th goal of the season and Mats Sundin tallied three
assists for the Maple Leafs, whose last win came back on January 7 against
Edmonton. The victory ended Toronto's longest losing streak since 1997.
Toronto hasn't won consecutive games since taking six in a row from
December 23-January 2.
The Maple Leafs, who are 10-13-2 as the visiting team this season, also
stopped a five-game road losing streak. They are playing the middle test of a
three-game swing tonight and will close the trip Friday in Washington.
Meanwhile, the Lightning are coming off Sunday's loss at Washington. Dainius
Zubrus tallied the game-winning goal late in the third period as the
Capitals edged Tampa Bay, 2-1, at the MCI Center.
Vincent Lecavalier netted the lone goal for the Lightning, who lost for only
the second time in the past seven games overall. Tampa Bay has 58 points and
is second in the Southeast Division - 18 points behind Carolina.
John Grahame got the start in net for Tampa Bay and allowed two goals on 24
Tonight marks the first of two straight at home for the Lightning, who are
13-9-2 as the host this season. They will also welcome Washington to Tampa
The Maple Leafs and Lightning have split a pair of meetings this season.
Toronto is 10-3-1 (3 losses, 1 tie) in the last 14 encounters with Tampa Bay.
01/31 10:40:57 ET