Morgan Rielly and Matt Martin scored 15 seconds apart during Toronto’s four-goal second period, Frederik Andersen made 33 saves and the Maple Leafs moved into the lead for the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-0 on Thursday night.
Roman Polak, Connor Brown and James van Riemsdyk also scored for Toronto, which was coming off a 7-2 loss Tuesday night at Florida. The Maple Leafs hold a one-point advantage over Tampa Bay and the New York Islanders.
Tampa Bay, 12-3-3 over its last 18 games, pulled Andrei Vasilevskiy six minutes into the second after he allowed four goals on 15 shots. The goalie had gone 6-0-1 over his previous seven games.
NOTES: Tampa Bay played for the fourth straight game without centres Tyler Johnson, Vladislav Namestnikov and Cedric Paquette, who are all out with lower-body injuries. … Maple Leafs C Tyler Bozak had an assist in his 500th NHL game. … Martin stopped a 24-game goal drought. … Toronto rookie C Auston Matthews has gone pointless in seven straight games. Thirteen Maple Leafs had points Thursday. … Tampa Bay LW Jonathan Drouin has not scored a goal in his last 11 games.
Source: Canadian Press/Mark Didtler