Maple Leafs pad third-place Atlantic lead with win against Lightning
Auston Matthews scored the tiebreaking goal at 3:38 of the third period, and the Toronto Maple Leafs padded their lead for third place in the Atlantic Division with a 2-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday.
Matthews one-timed a cross-crease pass from Mitchell Marner on the power play for his 47th goal of the season and a 2-1 lead.
William Nylander scored, and Frederik Andersen made 32 saves for the Maple Leafs (36-25-9), who moved three points ahead of the Florida Panthers in the Atlantic.
Ondrej Palat scored, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 34 saves for the Lightning (43-21-6), who trail the Boston Bruins by eight points for first place in the Atlantic and lead the Maple Leafs by 11.
The Maple Leafs took a 1-0 lead at 12:42 of the first period when Nylander put in a rebound on the power play after John Tavares deflected Marner’s shot in the slot.
Palat tied it 1-1 at 15:22 of the second period when he put in a rebound after Andersen saved a shot by Nikita Kucherov.
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