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game recap

Reimer, Gardiner Star In Win

Thursday, 03.15.2012 / 10:43 PM

Associated Press

Three Stars of the Game
James Reimer
1st
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 24-25
PIM: 0PP: 9-9
SV%: .971SH: 1-1
Jake Gardiner
2nd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 23:29
Mikhail Grabovski
3rd
Mikhail Grabovski
C
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: -1TOI: 16:59






TAMPA, Fla. -- James Reimer did not look like a goaltender who won for the first time in a month.

Reimer made 34 saves, taking a shutout into the final minute, and the Toronto Maple Leafs snapped a five-game skid with a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

``He was awesome,'' Toronto defenceman Jake Gardiner said.
  BY THE NUMBERS

17 The amount of goals the Leafs have scored against Tampa so far in the three games this season.
23:29 Ice-time for Jake Gardiner which was second highest amongst Leafs defencemen.
69 Seconds into the game for the Leafs to take the lead.
8 Of Joey Crabb's nine goals this season have been scored on the road.
2 Points for Matthew Lombardi snapping his six-game pointless streak.

Reimer had lost all five of his previous decisions since beating Edmonton on Feb. 15.

``It feels great,'' Reimer said. ``The team played really well. It was just hard-nose hockey.''

Reimer stopped a number of good scoring chances, including shots by Brett Connolly, Martin St. Louis and Nate Thompson during the first. The goalie also turned aside two in-close shots by league goals leader Steven Stamkos in the second.

St. Louis spoiled Reimer's shutout bid with 26 seconds left.

John-Michael Liles, Joey Crabb and Gardiner scored for the Maple Leafs, who are 3-13-2 in their last 18 games. Matthew Lombardi had two assists.

Tampa Bay dropped to 1-2 in its seven-game homestand. The Lightning, 11th in the Eastern Conference, trail eighth-place Washington by seven points.

``They're all frustrating when you don't get the job done,'' Tampa Bay left wing Ryan Malone said.

Toronto has won the first three games of the season series, outscoring the Lightning 17-5. The Maple Leafs moved within eight points of the Capitals.

``Anytime you're losing it's never fun,'' Gardiner said. ``We're just trying to stay positive. It really feels good to get a win here. It will boost us and hopefully we can keep going.''
  LEAFS REMARKS

Randy Carlyle on James Reimer's play against the Lightning:

"You have to look at our goalie probably was our best player ... I don't think he was nervous at all tonight. A goalie going in after a long absence has some rust as most players do. He's very vulnerable to any little mistake that is made and if he makes any it usually ends in your net. But actually I thought that the goals that were scored against him in Florida were goals that weren't stoppable ... that was mindset behind it and after reviewing it we felt he deserved another opportunity."


Stamkos and Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf both were given unsportsmanlike conduct penalties late in the second. Stamkos received an additional high-sticking penalty, which occurred as officials were attempting to get the pair to their respective benches.

Phaneuf and Stamkos tangled again with 1:22 to go in the third after the Toronto defenceman checked St. Louis into the boards. Phaneuf got 4 minutes for roughing, while Stamkos got a 2-minute roughing penalty.

After Tampa Bay defenceman Brian Lee took an interference penalty 7 seconds into the game, Liles put the Maple Leafs up 1-0 from the slot off a nifty pass by Mikhail Grabovski at 1:09.

Crabb was left alone in the left circle and beat rookie Dustin Tokarski as Toronto went ahead 2-0 at 3:27 of the second.

After Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher was given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for abusive language that negated a power play, Gardiner made it 3-0 with 7:32 left in the second. Tokarski was pulled after the goal and replaced by Dwayne Roloson.

Boucher felt the officials missed an infraction on Stamkos that would have given Tampa Bay a two-man advantage for about a minute.

``Just watch the replay,'' Boucher said. ``I spoke my mind. To me it's a clear penalty. It's an easy one to make. It should have been called. It could have turned the game around.''

Stamkos wound up with four minor penalties and had six shots on goal.

Notes: Toronto LW Nikolai Kulemin didn't play due to a broken finger and could be sidelined three weeks. ... Tampa Bay LW Ryan Malone has his seven-game point streak end. ... Liles' goal was his 300th NHL point. ... St. Louis's goal was his first in eight games. ... Crabb stopped a personal 20-game goal drought.
NEXT GAME:

Saturday, March 17
  @. Ottawa Senators 
7PM ET (CBC, AM640)


The Maple Leafs are in the Nation's Capital to face the Senators for the sixth and final meeting this season between the two teams.

Toronto won the last game in Ottawa 5-0. The Senators are in action Friday against Montreal.








scoring summary
1st Period
01:09
TOR
PPG - John-Michael Liles (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Mikhail Grabovski (27), Phil Kessel (39)
1 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
03:27
TOR
Joey Crabb (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Matthew Lombardi (8), Tim Connolly (20)
2 - 0 TOR
12:28
TOR
Jake Gardiner (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Matthew Lombardi (9)
3 - 0 TOR
3rd Period
19:34
TBL
Martin St. Louis (23) Slapshot - ASST: Brett Clark (12)
3 - 1 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
00:07
TBL
Brian Lee  Interference against  Carter Ashton
02:27
TOR
Mike Komisarek  Hooking against  Brett Connolly
13:08
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Holding against  Carl Gunnarsson
2nd Period
03:51
TBL
Tim Wallace  Hooking against  Carter Ashton
10:47
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski  Holding against  Steven Stamkos
11:54
TBL
Tim Wallace  Abusive language - bench
19:38
TOR
Dion Phaneuf  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Steven Stamkos
19:38
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Dion Phaneuf
19:38
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Hi-sticking against  Dion Phaneuf
3rd Period
05:18
TOR
Carl Gunnarsson  Hooking against  Steven Stamkos
08:06
TOR
Dion Phaneuf  Hooking against  Adam Hall
18:00
TBL
Adam Hall  Tripping against  Tim Connolly
18:38
TOR
Dion Phaneuf  Roughing against  Steven Stamkos
18:38
TOR
Dion Phaneuf  Roughing against  Steven Stamkos
18:38
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Roughing against  Dion Phaneuf
goalie stats
James Reimer
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .971SH: 1 - 1
Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 18TOI: 26:10
Saves: 18EV: 12 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Dustin Tokarski
Dustin Tokarski
1-2-1
SA: 10TOI: 32:28
Saves: 7EV: 5 - 7
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .700SH: 0 - 0
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