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Toronto at Tampa Bay

Lightning 6, Maple Leafs 4

CBSSports.com wire reports
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Martin St. Louis had the touch.

Nearly everything the 5-foot-9 All-Star forward got a stick on resulted in a goal in the Tampa Bay Lightning' 6-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier scored third-period goals, but St. Louis was everywhere during a flurry of goals in the first that gave the Lightning a 4-1 lead.

The Lightning scored four times in a 4:13 span of the first, the second-fastest four goals scored in franchise history. St. Louis assisted on the first three and scored the fourth on a power play with a backhander over Vesa Toskala's shoulder.

"I just felt good tonight," said St. Louis, who has 20 goals and a team-high 54 points. "Tonight, everthing I touched early on, something happened. You build off that and you get confident and you get arrogant in your play."

Ryan Malone scored twice a 54-second span in the first, and Mark Recchi also scored.

"Marty definitely had a different gear than everybody out there," Malone said. "He was buzzing."

Stamkos, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft last summer, scored on a power play to give Tampa Bay a 5-3 lead at 6:01 of the third. He has seven goals.

Lecavalier added his team-high 25th goal with 6:32 left.

"I think every day (Stamkos) is learning," Lightning coach Rick Tocchet said. "He added that youthfulness that we needed tonight."

Toskala was pulled after giving up four goals on 12 shots. He was replaced by Curtis Joseph, seeing action in just his 12th game of the season.

"I couldn't make the saves we need to keep us in the game," Toskala said.

For Stamkos, scoring a goal on Joseph is a highlight early in his career.

"I grew up watching the Leafs and idolizing them," the 19-year-old Markham, Ontario, player said. "He was a big part of their great teams. ... It was pretty cool to get one by him."

Lee Stempniak scored twice for Toronto, and Niklas Hagman and Nikolai Kulemin added goals.

Toronto cut it to 4-3 in the second. Stempniak scored his second goal of the game at 11:32 on a power play, and Hagman added his 17th goal 1:14 later.

"We're scoring four or five goals and that's not enough to get two points, let alone one" Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson said.

Mike McKenna had 19 saves for Tampa Bay, and Joseph stopped 17 shots.

"That's what I do (play relief goalie) and I want to play in this league," Joseph said. "It's a great job, obviously, and to be part of the Maple Leafs is what I wanted to do again."

Notes

The Lightning recalled defenseman Josef Melichar from Norfolk. ... Maple Leafs center Paul Szczechura was put on injured reserve Thursday because of an unspecified lower-body injury. ... Malone required five stitches on the bridge of his nose near his left eye after taking a stick to the face in the first. The stitches were put in before his two goals.

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Toronto (20-25-10)1214
Tampa Bay  (19-25-11) «4026
Three Stars
M. St. Louis
TB


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 3
S. Stamkos
TB


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
R. Malone
TB


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
10:58Lee Stempniak (9), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
12:30Ryan Malone (17), Wrist Shot. Assist: Krajicek, St. Louis
13:24Ryan Malone (18), Wrist Shot. Assist: St. Louis, Smaby
15:17Power Play - Mark Recchi (12), Slap Shot. Assist: Lecavalier, St. Louis
16:43Power Play - Martin St. Louis (20), Backhand Shot. Assist: Recchi, McKenna
2ND PERIOD
11:32Power Play - Lee Stempniak (10), Slap Shot. Assist: Kubina, Hagman
12:46Niklas Hagman (17), Wrist Shot. Assist: Grabovski, Finger
3RD PERIOD
06:01Power Play - Steven Stamkos (7), Slap Shot. Assist: Prospal, Eminger
13:28Vincent Lecavalier (25), Wrap Shot. Assist: Melichar, Murphy
17:47Nikolai Kulemin (9), Tip-In. Assist: Mayers, Frogren
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
14:01White, 2 min, Interference
15:02Kubina, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
2ND PERIOD
02:13Artyukhin, 2 min, Kneeing
05:58Hall, 5 min, Fighting
05:58Sifers, 5 min, Fighting
10:39Malik, 2 min, Interference
13:39Mayers, 2 min, Interference
3RD PERIOD
04:18Frogren, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
 123T
Toronto961025
Tampa Bay148830
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Curtis Joseph41:20172
Vesa Toskala16:4384
Mike McKenna60:00214
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Toronto1-for-2
Tampa Bay3-for-4
Game Information
Attendance - 16526
Referees - Tom Kowal, Tim Peel
Linesmen - Brad Kovachik, Tim Nowak
 
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LA 0
StL 3 Final
Nash 4
Fla 5 Final
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Det 4
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Pho 3
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Phi 2