Maple Leafs Hold On, End Lightning’s Nine Game Home Winning Streak

Lightning Home Win Streak Ends One Shy Of Franchise Mark

Nazem Kadri, Patrick Marleau, Mitchell Marner, and  Zach Hyman each scored and Frederik Andersen stopped 36 shots as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2.

With the victory the Maple Leafs end their two game losing streak and improve to 29-15-2 (60-points) on the year.

Brayden Point and Victor Hedman each scored for Tampa Bay and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves in the loss as the Bolts fall to 36-10-2 (74 points).

The loss ended the Lightning nine game home win streak, just one shy of their franchise mark (10, set from Dec. 11, 2014 to Jan. 31, 2015).

Lighting Coach Jon Cooper pulled goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy with 2:35 left in the 3rd period. Immediately the Bolts began applying pressure but couldn’t get the puck past Frederic Andersen.

With less than a minute remaining, Toronto was clearing the puck and it appeared to go out of play, which would have given the Lightning a much needed power play. Both Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman raised their hands expecting a whistle, but no whistle would come and Zach Hyman raced down ice to score the empty net goal.

Tyler Johnson left the game after the second period with a lower body injury. His status is considered day-to-day pending an evaluation of the injury.

Lightning Notes:

  • Brayden Point scored the games first goal (power play). It was his 30th of the season. He’s just two goals shy of his single-season high of 32 set in 2017-2018. He has now scored nine goals in his past 11 games. With the goal he becomes the first player in the NHL to reach the 30-goal and 30-assist plateau.
  • Victor Hedman and  Steven Stamkos each picked up an assist on Point’s goal. It was Stamkos 350th career assist and extends his current assist and point streak to five games (1-6–7).
  • Hedman added to his point total scoring the Lightning’s second goal to briefly tie the game at 2-2 in the second period.  It was his sixth goal of the season and first since January 5th at San Jose.  It marked Hedman’s seventh multi-point game this season, which leads all Lightning defenders.
  • Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point picked up assists on the play. The goal along with the assist gave Point his 20th multi-point game of the season, ranking second on the Lightning behind only Nikita Kucherov (23).

Up Next:

Tampa Bay will take on the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night at Amalie Arena at 7:00. The Maple Leafs head to South Florida to take on the Florida Panthers Friday night at 7:00.