Tampa, Florida – Andrei Vasilevsky made 48 saves on his return from a broken left leg and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 on Thursday night in a matchup of two NHL teams.
Alex Kiloran and Tyler Johnson both scored for Tampa Bay during the last 36 seconds of the second period to make it 4-1. Vasilevskiy, who missed the previous 14 games, stopped all 23 shots he faced in the period.
Anthony Searley and Nikita Cochter also had most goals for Lightning (25-7-1), who won eight consecutive lead in Toronto by eight points in the Atlantic Division. Peak franchise is the nine winning games sequence in 2016.
Tampa Bay scored three times on 12 second shots. Killorn put home a backhand with 35.8 seconds left, Johnson converted from the slot with 1.7 seconds to go.
Toronto got a goal from Kasperi Kappen, and Frederic Andersen stopped 17 shots. Maple map lost three out of four (1-2-1) after five consecutive wins.
Vasilevsky accepted his gauntlet on Patrick Marlowe's chance, then caught the loose disk in his notebook at the beginning of the term.
Leaf Maple rose to the weight or write three times first and Vasilevskiy made a pad left to keep the John Tabers' Close to a late backhand in the period.
Nadim Kadri had a great perversion that Vasilevsky had arrested and also hit the post during a game in the middle of the second stage.
Tampa Bay took 2-1 lead on Power of Power to play Kucherov at 5:31 of the second that required a video review. An aimless call on ice was overturned when Andersen's permanent officials of the glove were kept behind the goal line.
Kucherov also had a helping hand and has six goals and 29 points over the last 15 games.
Kapanen put the maple maple 1-0 after stealing stray passes into the slot by Kucherov 5:26 into the game.
Cirelli tied him to his third goal by hand at 8:20 in the first.
Remarks: Toronto (15-1-1) lost for the first time regulatory when scoring first. . Merlo played in season 738 in a row in his regular season and moved to Jay Bouwmeester for the seventh longest length in NHL history. . Toronto LW Zack Heiman served the second of the two suspension game for a hit on Boston D Charlie McAvoy on Saturday. . Tampa Bay RW Matthew Joseph sat outside with a low body injury.
Maple Leafs: Play in Florida on Saturday.
Lightning: Start a four-day trip on Sunday in Winnipeg.