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Leafs Drop OT Heartbreaker

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:42 AM

Associated Press

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Leafs Drop OT Heartbreaker
Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Tampa Bay Lightning 3

TAMPA, FL --
A careless penalty helped cost the Toronto Maple Leafs another road game.

Martin St. Louis scored a power-play goal with 9.8 seconds left in overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 comeback victory over Toronto on Thursday night.

After the Maple Leafs received a penalty for too many men on the ice with 43.1 seconds left, St. Louis scored the winner from the top of the left circle.

“We should have been more disciplined,” Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. “We weren’t and we lost because of it.”

Ian White and Matt Stajan scored for Toronto, which is 2-11 in its last 13 road games.

Tampa Bay also got goals from Steven Stamkos and Ryan Malone. Stamkos added two assists.

“We responded,” said Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet, whose team was coming off an 8-2 loss Tuesday to the New York Rangers. “Marty, a great goal for us. Confidence wise for our team, we definitely needed it.”

After Stajan scored from the right circle during a power play to give Toronto a 2-1 advantage at 9:08 of the third, Malone pulled the Lightning even at 2 with a rebound power-play goal with 3:49 to play.

“It’s a tough break and a tough way to lose,” Stajan said. “We worked hard to get a lead and we just can’t make mental mistakes. We can’t take penalties.”

The Maple Leafs are 1-10 this season in games decided in overtime or a shootout. They are 0-8 when the game ends during OT.

“It’s ridiculous, actually. It’s just one after the other,” White said.

White put the Maple Leafs up 1-0 with a power-play goal at 7:05 of the second. Phil Kessel extended his point streak to seven games (seven assists, eight points) with an assist on the goal.

Tampa Bay tied it at one when Stamkos scored his 26th goal this season with 8:14 left in the second. Vincent Lecavalier set up the goal — the first of three assists in the game — and has seven assists and 10 points during a six-game point streak.

The Lightning failed to score on a 2-minute, 5-on-3 power play late in the first, but wound up 2 of 7 with the man advantage. Toronto entered with the NHL’s worst penalty killing unit.

“I guess we redeemed ourselves,” Lecavalier said. “It could have gone either way. We capitalized on our (later) opportunities.”

The Maple Leafs were successful on 2 of 6 power plays.

Toronto defenseman Carl Gunnarsson picked up his fifth assist this season on White’s goal. He has four assists in two games against Tampa Bay.

White ended an 11-game goal drought.

NOTES: Struggling Tampa Bay rookie defenceman Victor Hedman was a healthy scratch. … Toronto centre Wayne Primeau (knee) played after missing the previous nine games. … The Lightning claimed centre Nate Thompson off waivers from the New York Islanders and assigned rookie centre James Wright to Vancouver of the Western Hockey League. … Lightning goalie Mike Smith (strained neck) has resumed practicing. … Maple Leafs defenceman Mike Komisarek (shoulder) might return next week.
scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
07:05
TOR
PPG - Ian White (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Phil Kessel (15), Carl Gunnarsson (5)
1 - 0 TOR
11:46
TBL
Steven Stamkos (26) Slapshot - ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (35), Kurtis Foster (14)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
09:08
TOR
PPG - Matt Stajan (15) Snap shot - ASST: Niklas Hagman (13), Nikolai Kulemin (10)
2 - 1 TOR
16:11
TBL
PPG - Ryan Malone (21) Wrist shot - ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (36), Steven Stamkos (24)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
04:50
TBL
PPG - Martin St. Louis (13) Slapshot - ASST: Steven Stamkos (25), Vincent Lecavalier (37)
3 - 2 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
00:56
TOR
Wayne Primeau  Hooking against  Mattias Ohlund
04:15
TBL
Matt Walker  Fighting (maj) against  Jay Rosehill
04:15
TOR
Jay Rosehill  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Walker
13:56
TOR
Colton Orr  Misconduct (10 min)
13:56
TOR
Colton Orr  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Walker
13:56
TBL
Matt Walker  Fighting (maj) against  Colton Orr
13:56
TOR
Colton Orr  Instigator against  Matt Walker
13:56
TOR
Jamal Mayers  Slashing against  Matt Walker
17:00
TBL
Stephane Veilleux  Hooking against  Niklas Hagman
19:25
TBL
Paul Szczechura  Hooking against  Tyler Bozak
2nd Period
05:42
TBL
Andrej Meszaros  Cross checking against  Phil Kessel
09:41
TOR
Tomas Kaberle  Hooking against  Vincent Lecavalier
3rd Period
00:52
TBL
Mattias Ohlund  Holding against  Lee Stempniak
06:37
TBL
Matt Smaby  Hooking against  Nikolai Kulemin
06:37
TOR
Nikolai Kulemin  Holding the stick against  Matt Smaby
08:12
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Hi-sticking against  Phil Kessel
09:21
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Hi-sticking against  Jason Blake
14:30
TOR
Wayne Primeau  Roughing against  Steve Downie
14:30
TBL
Steve Downie  Slashing against  Wayne Primeau
15:44
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Boarding against  Martin St. Louis
16:11
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Unsportsmanlike conduct
OT Period
04:16
TOR
Jason Blake  Too many men/ice - bench
goalie stats
Jonas Gustavsson
SA: 32TOI: 64:21
Saves: 29EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 13
SV%: .906SH: 0 - 0
Antero Niittymaki
Antero Niittymaki
10-9-4
SA: 22TOI: 64:50
Saves: 20EV: 13 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .909SH: 0 - 0
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