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Maple Leafs 4, Lightning 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

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Maple Leafs 4, Lightning 2
Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 2

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Ian White and Hal Gill both picked a perfect time to stop their goal-scoring droughts.

White converted a tiebreaking power-play goal midway through the third period and the Maple Leafs beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 Wednesday night.

White picked up a loose puck off a deflected pass by Matt Stajan and scored from in close to give Toronto a 3-2 lead with 8:17 left. He hadn't scored a goal in his previous 22 games.

"A goal is a goal, and fortunately enough it happened to be at the right time of the game to get the win," White said. "It's a nice to get a game winner."

Gill got the Maple Leafs even at 2 at 1:51 of the third. The goal snapped a 26-game goal-scoring drought and gave him 100 career points. Alexei Ponikarovsky had an empty-net goal with 1:20 to play.

"You can't feel a sense of doom being down one," Toronto coach Paul Maurice said. "The other team gets paid too, and they do some good things. So we're down one, big deal. Let's go try and get a road win."

Tampa Bay had Eric Perrin's potential go-ahead goal disallowed at 3:20 of the third because Andreas Karlsson was sent to the penalty box for goaltender interference. Karlsson and Toronto defenseman Bryan McCabe were battling for position when the infraction was called.

"You've got to be able to overcome that," Lightning captain Tim Taylor said. "I think we all knew as soon as it went in, it was going to be no goal. We killed the penalty off. It had no bearing on the hockey game."

Tomas Kaberle scored his fifth goal in the past three games for Toronto, which has won three straight. The Maple Leafs are 4-1-1 on the road.

Brad Richards and Vincent Lecavalier had the Lightning goals. Lecavalier has scored a goal in five straight games.

"We've just got to realize that we're in hockey games that are important this time of year or anytime of year," Richards said. "We should have not got outplayed in the third period and we did. They came right at us."

Tampa Bay has lost three in a row, and dropped to 3-5-0 at home.

The Lightning took a 2-1 lead at 6:24 of the second on Lecavalier's rebound goal.

Richards gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead at 11:24 of the first. Kaberle tied it at 1 with 2:25 left in the period.

The Maple Leafs, who scored three goals with the man advantage in a 1:26 span in Monday's 4-2 win over Atlanta, had just one shot during a 4-minute power play early in the first.

Notes: Toronto C Mats Sundin picked up an assist. He has 29 assists and 55 points in 41 games against Tampa Bay. ... Lecavalier also has eight points during a six-game point streak. ... Toronto D Jay Harrison (hand) didn't play. ... Tampa Bay RW Martin St. Louis had an assist to extend his point streak to six games. He has three assists and nine points over the stretch. ... Kaberle's goal gave him 300 career points.

scoring summary
1st Period
Brad Richards (2) ASST: Luke Richardson (2), Martin St. Louis (3)
1 - 0 TBL
Tomas Kaberle (5) ASST: Jeff O'Neill (5), Alexander Steen (3)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
Vincent Lecavalier (7) ASST: Paul Ranger (6), Vinny Prospal (5)
2 - 1 TBL
3rd Period
Hal Gill (1) ASST: NONE
2 - 2 Tie
PPG - Ian White (1) ASST: Matt Stajan (6), Jeff O'Neill (6)
3 - 2 TOR
EN - Alexei Ponikarovsky (5) ASST: Mats Sundin (9), Nik Antropov (1)
4 - 2 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
Dan Boyle  Hi-sticking
Dan Boyle  Hi-sticking
Jeff O'Neill  Slashing
2nd Period
Ian White  Holding
Hal Gill  Hooking
Cory Sarich  Holding
Paul Ranger  Holding
3rd Period
Andreas Karlsson  Interference on goalkeeper
Cory Sarich  Tripping
Michael Peca  Roughing
goalie stats
Andrew Raycroft
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 25TOI: 59:53
Saves: 23EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .920SH: 1 - 1
Marc Denis
Marc Denis
SA: 28TOI: 59:49
Saves: 25EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .893SH: 2 - 2
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