Bernier keys Maple Leafs' 4-1 win over Lightning
- Article by: MARK DIDTLER
- Associated Press
- February 6, 2014 - 9:35 PM
TAMPA, Fla. — Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 on Thursday night.
Mason Raymond, Jay McClement, James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak scored for Toronto, which was coming of a 4-1 loss Tuesday night at Florida.
Bernier had a number of strong saves early when Tampa Bay dominated the first half of the first period, and he made a glove save on J.T. Brown during the second.
Ondrej Palat had the lone goal for Tampa Bay. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop left after two periods with an upper-body injury and was replaced by Cedrick Desjardins, while center Valtteri Filppula also left due to a lower-body injury. Desjardins is filling in for backup Anders Lindback, who is sidelined by a lower-body injury.
McClement made it 2-0 on an in-close backhander that eluded Desjardins at 2:19 of the third. After Desjardins make a glove save a couple of minutes later on Troy Bodie's breakaway shot, the Maple Leafs turned an errant pass by the Lightning into a 3-0 advantage on van Riemsdyk's point-blank goal at 8:10.
Bozak added an empty-net goal with 2:52 to play.
Palat ended Bernier's shutout bid and cut Tampa Bay's deficit to 3-1 at 10:28 of the third.
There was a scrum between the teams with 1:42 remaining after a Toronto defender made contact with Brown, who ended up colliding with Bernier.
Raymond opened the scoring 7:57 into the second when he skated in alone from the left wing boards and lifted a backhander over Bishop.
Bishop kept the Lightning within a goal when he stopped a shot during a breakaway by Bozak with 4 minutes left in the second.
The Maple Leafs, despite allowing eight of the first nine shots, outshot Tampa Bay 12-9 during a scoreless first period.
NOTES: Tampa Bay RW Martin St. Louis will replace injured Lightning C Steven Stamkos on Canada's Olympic hockey team. Doctors ruled out Stamkos because he hasn't recovered sufficiently from a broken right leg. ... St. Louis has gone eight games without a goal since he tied a team record with four goals against St. Jose on Jan. 18. He had an assist Thursday. ... Toronto C Nazem Kadri had his six-game points streak end.
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