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Tampa Bay Lightning 0, Toronto Maple Leafs 3 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

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Tampa Bay Lightning 0, Toronto Maple Leafs 3 FINAL
Tampa Bay Lightning 0, Toronto Maple Leafs 3

TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs moved into a tie for the most points in the NHL with their latest victory.

Mats Sundin and Gary Roberts each had a goal and an assist in the third period, and Ed Belfour earned his third shutout in the last six games as the Maple Leafs beat Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 Tuesday night.

Toronto has 44 points and is tied with Philadelphia for the league lead.

"Everybody deserves a real pat on the back for how we've played," Roberts said. "Our guys have really pulled together. Everyone has contributed."

Darcy Tucker added an empty-net goal for the Maple Leafs, who set a franchise record by recording a point in 12 straight games (11-0-0-1). They celebrated with a group hug after the final buzzer.

"It's early in the year, but it's definitely where we want to be," Sundin said of first place overall. "We want to stay there."

Belfour made 21 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and the 69th of his career, two less than New Jersey's Martin Brodeur on the active list.

Belfour also blanked Boston on Dec. 4. and Minnesota on Dec. 11.

Nikolai Khabibulin made 18 saves for the Lightning, who have lost four straight overall and nine consecutive to the Toronto.

"Their big guys came through tonight, and our big guys didn't," Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis said.

The Maple Leafs took the lead seven minutes into the third when Roberts scored on the rebound of a shot by Sundin to make it 1-0.

Less than a minute and a half later, Sundin scored on a wrist shot from the side of the net. Roberts assisted on the power-play goal.

The Lightning, who have won just two of their last 12 games, called a 30-second timeout after the goal, but didn't threaten in the final minutes. Tampa Bay went 0-for-6 on the power-play.

Belfour made several impressive saves throughout, including a nice stop on St. Louis' wrist shot early in the third.

Fans chanted "Eddie!, Eddie!" in the final seconds.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
3rd Period
Gary Roberts (11) ASST: Mats Sundin (20), Mikael Renberg (5)
1 - 0 TOR
PPG - Mats Sundin (12) ASST: Gary Roberts (9), Mikael Renberg (6)
2 - 0 TOR
EN - Darcy Tucker (10) ASST: Robert Reichel (10), Tie Domi (6)
3 - 0 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
Cory Stillman  Tripping against  Bryan McCabe
2nd Period
Matt Stajan  Holding against  Ben Clymer
Vincent Lecavalier  Holding against  Tomas Kaberle
Bryan Marchment  Tripping against  Ruslan Fedotenko
Vincent Lecavalier  Roughing against  Aki Berg
Dimitri Afanasenkov  Holding - Obstruction against  Thomas Fitzgerald
Mikael Renberg  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Pavel Kubina
Mikael Renberg  Hooking against  Pavel Kubina
Pavel Kubina  Holding against  Owen Nolan
3rd Period
Darcy Tucker  Tripping - Obstruction against  Ben Clymer
Andre Roy  Roughing against  Nik Antropov
Bryan Marchment  Roughing against  Tim Taylor
goalie stats
Nikolai Khabibulin
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 20TOI: 59:54
Saves: 18EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0
Ed Belfour
Ed Belfour
SA: 21TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 17 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1
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