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Maple Leafs take down Lightning

Mar 16, 2012 - 6:05 AM
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - John-Michael Liles, Joey Crabb and Jake Gardiner each tallied as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-1, on Thursday.

Matthew Lombardi added two assists for the Leafs, who had dropped 11 of their last 12 games coming in. James Reimer made 34 saves in the win.

Martin St. Louis tallied for Tampa Bay, which has lost four of its past five contest. Dustin Tokarski was tagged for all three goals on just 10 shots in defeat. Dwayne Roloson came on in the second period and stopped all 18 shots he saw.

Liles got the Leafs quickly on the board on the power play at the 1:09 mark of the first. Working the give-and-go with Mikhail Grabovski, Liles finished with a wrister from the slot.

"We started off on the right foot," said Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle. "Special teams are obviously going to be a major factor. It's the key to winning hockey games."

Toronto netted two more goals in the second period.

Crabb's one-timer from the slot came early in the frame and Gardiner made it 3-0 at the 12:28 mark with a wrister from the left circle.

St. Louis' tally came with just 36 seconds left in the game, preventing Reimer from picking up his fourth shutout of the season and the seventh of his career.

"It's tough. You get behind by a couple goals, it's tough," said Lightning head coach Guy Boucher. "We just didn't have enough pressure in the zone."

Game Notes

The Leafs were 1-for-6 on the power play while Tampa Bay was 0-for-5 on the man advantage...St. Louis' goal was his 23rd of the season...Toronto had 26 shots on net in the final two periods.