Lightning routs Leafs 6-2

In the third, the secondary scoring continued to roll in as Dominic Moore and Mike Lundin each chipped in goals to extend the score to 6-2, which would hold up as the final.

For the Lightning, the win can only be characterized as huge against an opponent hungry for points in their own building. For the Leafs, it was a devastating loss in what many called the biggest game of the year for them as they try to overcome the odds and make the postseason. The Bolts also solved the problem of secondary scoring, with 5 of their 6 goals coming from outside of their star players.

It was also a breakout effort for Nate Thompson, and even more proof of Thompson’s value to this team. When Thompson is having a good game, the rest of the team seems to follow his lead. And make no mistake; you knew every time Thompson’s line was on the ice.

This was also a must-have game for another reason. The Washington Capitals will play the first of back to back games in Montreal tomorrow night before traveling to Detroit to take on the Red Wings Wednesday. Neither will be an easy game for the division-leading Capitals.

The Lightning, 1-0-1 on the current 4 game trip, now will head to Montreal, where they will take on the Canadiens Thursday for the first time since early October when they stunned the Habs, scoring late in the game and in overtime to get the win.

Follow Mike on twitter at

The Tampa Bay Lightning got what it needed in a big way Monday night, taking on the Toronto Maple Leafs. The team had been lacking secondary scoring and regulation wins in previous games, but the Air Canada Center cured all that ailed the Bolts, as they rolled to a 6-2 win on the second game of a four-game trip. The win also secured a season sweep of the Maple Leafs, something the Lightning accomplished for the first time in franchise history.

One of the big issues facing this Lightning squad of late was the evaporation of secondary scoring. Against the Leafs Monday night, Nate Thompson kicked off the scoring on a centering pass from Teddy Purcell to make it 1-0.

In the second, after a Dion Phaneuf goal that Dwayne Roloson would probably like to have back, it was the Mattias Ritola show, as he scored two consecutive goals to give the Lightning a 3-1 lead. The Leafs would get the game back within reach less then 4 minutes later when Nikoli Kulemin beat Roloson, making it 3-2. The Lightning reestablished the two-goal lead right before the second frame expired when captain Vincent Lecavalier knocked home a loose puck sitting in the crease off of a Simon Gagne shot.

Scroll to read more Sports & Recreation articles
Join the Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.


Join Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected]