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4 - 3 Final - 2OT
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Maple Leafs rally to beat Lightning in shootout

Mar 18, 2009 - 4:10 AM
TAMPA, Florida (AP) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs had some help on the road.

Down by a goal in the third period, the Maple Leafs, in front of a supportive crowd of mostly Toronto fans and Canadian tourists, forced overtime with six minutes left in regulation, and John Mitchell netted the winner in the shootout for the 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

Mitchell, who scored the Maple Leafs' first goal in the second period, netted his first shootout goal of his career and the Maple Leafs avoided a four-game, season-series sweep by the Lightning. Tampa Bay outscored the Maple Leafs 16-10 this season and had won six straight against them.

"Usually, I kind of deke," Mitchell said of his shootout goal, "so that time I told myself, 'You know what? I'm going to try shooting and see how it goes that way.' And It worked out."

Mitchell's deciding goal was scored in the sixth round of the shootout after Toronto trailed 3-0 in the second period.

"That was a great game," Maple Leafs defenseman Ian White said. "I know we never said die and kept battling, kept shooting pucks and then completely dominated that third period."

Jeff Hamilton, who tied it at 3, scored the first shootout goal. Vincent Lecavalier scored the Lightning's only shootout goal on a deke past Curtis Joseph to force the extra rounds.

Mitchell won it with a low shot past the right skate of goalie Karri Ramo.

The Lightning went ahead 3-0 on a power-play tally by Lecavalier, who has a team-high 29 goals.

Steven Stamkos and Matt Pettinger added a pair of goals only 10 seconds apart, matching the Lightning's second fastest two goals at home.

"We go up 3-0 and lose the game," said Stamkos, the No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft. "That's totally unacceptable. We can't afford to do that. They got the two points, and we were able to salvage one, if you want to look at that as a positive."

Jason Blake scored the second goal for the Maple Leafs four minutes into the third. Each time Toronto scored, the arena was filled with chants of "Go Leafs Go."

"That was unbelievable. It was actually sometimes louder than it is at the (Air Canada Centre)," Toronto coach Ron Wilson said, referring to the Maple Leafs' home arena.

"A Tuesday night in Tampa (and) it seems like we had the home fans for the majority, which gave us a little extra boost," White said.

This was the second straight game decided by a shootout for the Lightning. Tampa Bay beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Saturday.

Ramo, who had 36 saves, stopped Lee Stempniak, Mikhail Grabovski, Blake and Nikolai Kulemin in the shootout. Joseph, who had 19 saves, stopped Stamkos, Martin St. Louis, Ryan Malone, Vaclav Prospal and Evgeny Artyukhin in the tiebreaker.

In just his eighth start, the 41-year-old Joseph has come through recently and his efforts have been noticed.








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    FINAL IN SHOOTOUT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    TORONTO 0 1 2 0 (2) 4
    TAMPA BAY 1 2 0 0 (1) 3 FINAL IN SHOOTOUT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TAM - (PP) VINCENT LECAVALIER 29 (CORY MURPHY, MARTIN ST.
    LOUIS) 13:39
    2ND PRD: TAM - (PP) STEVEN STAMKOS 15 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, KARRI RAMO)
    2:26
    TAM - MATT PETTINGER 5 (

    Maple Leafs 4, Lightning 3  Final - 2OTMar 17 10:22 PM


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    END OF OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TORONTO 0 1 2 0 3
    TAMPA BAY 1 2 0 0 3 END OF OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TAM - (PP) VINCENT LECAVALIER 29 (CORY MURPHY, MARTIN ST.
    LOUIS) 13:39
    2ND PRD: TAM - (PP) STEVEN STAMKOS 15 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, KARRI RAMO)
    2:26
    TAM - MATT PETTINGER 5 (MARTINS

    Mar 17 10:13 PM
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    Maple Leafs 3, Lightning 3  OT - 2:55Mar 17 10:08 PM


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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TORONTO 0 1 2 3
    TAMPA BAY 1 2 0 3 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TAM - (PP) VINCENT LECAVALIER 29 (CORY MURPHY, MARTIN ST.
    LOUIS) 13:39
    2ND PRD: TAM - (PP) STEVEN STAMKOS 15 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, KARRI RAMO)
    2:26
    TAM - MATT PETTINGER 5 (MARTINS KARSUMS, LUKAS KRAJICEK

    Mar 17 10:04 PM
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    Maple Leafs 3, Lightning 3  End of Reg.Mar 17 10:04 PM
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    Maple Leafs 3, Lightning 3  3rd - 0:50Mar 17 10:02 PM


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    TORONTO 3
    TAMPA BAY 3
    3RD PRD: TOR - JEFF HAMILTON 2 (BOYD DEVEREAUX, MATT STAJAN) 14:29

    Maple Leafs 3, Lightning 3  3rd - 5:31Mar 17 9:55 PM
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    Maple Leafs 2, Lightning 3  3rd - 12:16Mar 17 9:43 PM


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    TORONTO 2
    TAMPA BAY 3
    3RD PRD: TOR - JASON BLAKE 24 (LEE STEMPNIAK) 3:24

    Maple Leafs 2, Lightning 3  3rd - 16:36Mar 17 9:34 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TORONTO 0 1 1
    TAMPA BAY 1 2 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TAM - (PP) VINCENT LECAVALIER 29 (CORY MURPHY, MARTIN ST.
    LOUIS) 13:39
    2ND PRD: TAM - (PP) STEVEN STAMKOS 15 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, KARRI RAMO)
    2:26
    TAM - MATT PETTINGER 5 (MARTINS KARSUMS, LUKAS KRAJICEK)

    Mar 17 9:10 PM


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    TORONTO 1
    TAMPA BAY 3
    2ND PRD: TOR - JOHN MITCHELL 9 (JASON BLAKE, ANTON STRALMAN) 19:36

    Maple Leafs 1, Lightning 3  2nd - 0:24Mar 17 9:10 PM


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    TORONTO 0
    TAMPA BAY 3
    2ND PRD: TAM - MATT PETTINGER 5 (MARTINS KARSUMS, LUKAS KRAJICEK) 2:36

    Maple Leafs 0, Lightning 3  2nd - 17:24Mar 17 8:36 PM


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    TORONTO 0
    TAMPA BAY 2
    2ND PRD: TAM - (PP) STEVEN STAMKOS 15 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, KARRI RAMO)
    2:26

    Maple Leafs 0, Lightning 2  2nd - 17:34Mar 17 8:36 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TORONTO 0 0
    TAMPA BAY 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TAM - (PP) VINCENT LECAVALIER 29 (CORY MURPHY, MARTIN ST.
    LOUIS) 13:39
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TOR 9 9
    TAM 7 7
    GOALIES: TOR - C

    Mar 17 8:14 PM


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    TORONTO 0
    TAMPA BAY 1
    1ST PRD: TAM - (PP) VINCENT LECAVALIER 29 (CORY MURPHY, MARTIN ST.
    LOUIS) 13:39

    Maple Leafs 0, Lightning 1  1st - 6:21Mar 17 8:04 PM