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Toronto 4, Tampa Bay 3
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
Referees: Chris Rooney, Ian Walsh
Linesmen: Darren Gibbs, Bryan Pancich
Attendance: 19092

John Tavares scored two goals, and the Toronto Maple Leafs hung on for a 4-3 road win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

The defeat could be particularly costly for the Lightning, since captain Steven Stamkos left late in the second period due to an undisclosed injury.

The Lightning outshot the Leafs by a 14-3 margin in the final frame, but Yanni Gourde collected Tampa Bay's only goal of the lopsided period. Thirteen of Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen's 26 saves came in the third period as Andersen earned his 26th win of the season.

Toronto entered the game with a 2-4-0 mark over its past six games but stayed two points ahead of Florida for third place in the Atlantic Division.

The Lightning saw their 11-game home winning streak, a franchise record, come to an end.

Tampa Bay has now absorbed three consecutive regulation losses for the first time this season. The Lightning have surrendered 16 goals over those three games, and opponents have scored eight goals on their past 22 power-play chances against Tampa Bay's penalty killing unit.

Stamkos assisted on the game's opening score, as Nikita Kucherov recorded his team-leading 30th goal of the season 9:46 into the first period. Kucherov now has a 17-game points streak, with 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists) over that stretch.

Jake Muzzin responded with the equalizer at the 12:48 mark, and Tavares put Toronto ahead with a power-play marker at 16:42.

The second period was almost a replay of the first, as an opening goal from the Lightning (off the stick of Pat Maroon) was followed up by two Maple Leafs scores.

A Tavares backhander restored Toronto's lead just 31 seconds after Maroon's score, and William Nylander added an insurance goal with a spectacular power-play effort at 14:21. Nylander took a pass in front of the net, then turned while shooting the puck between his legs for his 28th goal of the season.

Muzzin missed the third period due to a hand injury.

Nylander had a goal and an assist, while Tyson Barrie had two assists for Toronto. Kevin Shattenkirk had two assists for the Lightning.

Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 19 of 23 shots.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Toronto   Tampa Bay
John Tavares 2 Points Kevin Shattenkirk 2
John Tavares 2 Goals Yanni Gourde 1
Tyson Barrie 2 Assists Kevin Shattenkirk 2
John Tavares 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Frederik Andersen .897 Save Percentage Andrei Vasilevskiy .826
Frederik Andersen 26 Saves Andrei Vasilevskiy 19
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Toronto 23 4 2-4 3-3 6 20
Tampa Bay 29 3 0-3 2-4 8 25
Upcoming Games
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game at home against Chicago. The Lightning have a W/L % of .625 after a win and .652 after a loss.
  • Toronto will play their next game on the road against Florida. The Maple Leafs have a W/L % of .515 after a win and .516 after a loss.