TwitterFacebookPinterestGoogle+

Maple Leafs Turn Away Lightning 4-2 Behind Marner Goal

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Toronto Maple Leafs center Mitchell Marner scored on a pass from Leafs leading point man John Tavares at 14:49 of the second period and then stopped the Tampa Bay Lightning with an aggressive third period forecheck in taking down the Lightning 4-2 at Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening.

Tavares’ pass caught Marner’s blade as he caught Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy leaning to his right to score the game winner.

Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen withstood a barrage of shots from Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, and Victor Hedman before Zach Hyman corralled the puck and scored on an empty-netter at 19:10.

“Frederick played great and they scored two more,” said Hedman, who came away with a goal and an assist. “We had a lot of good looks but it just wasn’t going for us.”

Tampa Bay seemed to gain momentum when Hedman tied the game at 2-2 as he wasted little time in picking up his sixth goal of the season at 13:46 when he fired the puck past Andersen on the subsequent shift after Patrick Marleau’s go-ahead goal. 

Nikita Kucherov set up Hedman with a drop pass and he picked up his 54th assist of the season while Brayden Point collected his 33rd helper.

“We played well enough to win the game,” said Lightning coach John Cooper. “The third goal was tough just because we turned the puck over a couple of times and what was perceived to be a simple retrieval wound up in the back of our net. That was a structural miscue on our part but we had our chances.”

Tampa Bay took an early 1-0 lead on a power play goal when Point knocked in a rebound off the stick of Leafs defenseman Nikita Zaitsev in front of the net.

Hedman fired a rocket at the net which Zaitsev was unable to collect as Point was in position to push the puck under Andersen’s right blocker.

Point scored the Lightning’s 46th power play goal of the season and the first in three games. It was Point’s 13th power play marker on the season as he has a total of 21 points on the extra man advantage as well.

With the goal, Point became the first player in the NHL to reach 30 goals and 30 assists this season. 

The Maple Leafs bounced back two minutes later when Nazem Kadri picked up his 10th goal of the season at 11:48. Kadri picked up the puck off Vasilevskiy’s blocker after Kasperi Kapanen fired a laser in front of the Lightning goalie.

“We have to generate a little more 5-on-5 and that helps,” said Cooper. “We had some good looks. It was tough to come out of the second period down one. We had a good period and they came out with the lead and we pushed them for a bit and we started chasing it for a five-minute period and got a little life and we got back for the last five minutes and had our chances.

Despite the loss, the Lightning still have a commanding 14-point lead in the Eastern Conference with 74 points while the second place Leafs have 60.

“You want to win every night, I don’t care who we are playing,” commented Stamkos, who assisted Point’s goal. “You get teams’ best. You are gonna play some teams that are more talented than others. We want to win, that is the end goal. This isn’t playoff hockey yet it doesn’t have the same feel, so you can’t replicate a playoff game.”

______________________________________________________

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

VIDEO NEWS

National Politics

Putin, Kim to meet in Russia’s Far East on Thursday

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong…

As Sri Lanka mourns, Islamic State claims Easter bombings

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — As the death toll from the Easter bombings in Sri…

Meet Grenada's New Ambassador to the U.S.: Her Excellency Yolande Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C. (FNN NEWS) - Her Excellency Yolande Smith very recently reached a unique and…

Trump brushes off Romney’s criticism, points to loss in 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Mitt Romney says he’s “sickened” by the dishonesty the Russia investigation…

STATE & LOCAL POLITICS

Florida Supreme Court Affirms Governor’s Authority to Suspend Scott Israel

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Today, the Florida Supreme Court issued an opinion affirming Governor Ron DeSantis’…

Governor Ron DeSantis to Speak at Press Conference in Key Biscayne with the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee Monday

MIAMI, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Governor Ron DeSantis will hold a press conference with the Miami…

[OPINION]: Central Florida’s Regressive Prosecutor

In 2016, Central Florida elected Aramis Ayala as Florida’s first African-American State Attorney. Given her…

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces the Governor’s Initiative on Lawyers Assisting Warriors (GI LAW)

Eglin AFB, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Governor’s Initiative on Lawyers Assisting Warriors (GI LAW), an…

FNN SPORTS

  • Portland Thorns defender Meghan Klingenberg (in white) duels with Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan for the ball during the NWSL season opening match at Orlando City Stadium Sunday, April 14, 2019. Photo: Willie David/Florida National News.
    ORLANDO (FNN SPORTS) - Orlando Pride Falls 2-0 in Season Opener (Photo: Willie David/Florida National News)

MORE SPORTS NEWS

Orlando City Earns Late 1-0 Victory Over Vancouver

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - Source: Orlando City SC // Orlando City SC (3-3-2, 11…

Governor Ron DeSantis, Former NBA Star Tracy McGrady Sit Courtside for Game 3 of Orlando Magic Playoffs

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - Florida's 46th Governor Ron DeSantis (R),  First Lady Casey DeSantis…

Jaguars Unveil New Logo To Celebrate Team's Historic 25th Season

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Today the Jacksonville Jaguars kicked off a yearlong celebration of the…

MATCH RECAP: Pride Shutout by North Carolina Courage

ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando Pride (0-2-0, 0 points) fell to the defending National Women’s Soccer League…

Tampa Bay Buccaneers announce 2019 regular season schedule

TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2019 regular season schedule, released today by the…

Jacksonville Jaguars unveiled 2019 preseason and regular season schedules

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars have unveiled their 2019 preseason and regular season schedules, the…

BUSINESS NEWS

MORE BUSINESS NEWS

Shark Tank Star Daymond John, DWTS's Lindsay Arnold, Joey Fatone to Host Runway to Hope 2019 Gala

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Runway to Hope co-founder Attorney Mark NeJame announced on Facebook Wednesday…

Bank of America Raising Hourly Minimum Wage to $20

NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America plans to raise its starting pay to $20…

Pinterest sets sites on $1.5B in first public share offering

NEW YORK (AP) — Pinterest, among a gaggle of tech companies planning to go public…

Gone in 6 minutes: an Ethiopian Airlines jet’s final journey

From nearly the moment they roared down the runway and took off in their new…

Linda McMahon to exit role at Small Business Administration

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The head of the Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon, is…

Facebook charged with housing discrimination by HUD

NEW YORK (AP) — The federal government charged Facebook with high-tech housing discrimination Thursday for allegedly…

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

  • Actor Tom Selleck poses as after arriving for the taping of "The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special" at CBS Studios in Los Angeles, California, U.S., October 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo
    NEW YORK (AP) -Tom Selleck, Star of TV and Films, is Writing Memoir (Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

MORE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Brothers sue Jussie Smollett’s lawyers, claiming defamation

CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who say they helped Jussie Smollett stage a racist and…

Funk Fest Orlando Brings Erykah Badu, Ginuwine, Bobby Brown and More This Weekend

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Funk Fest, the ultimate Old School R&B/Hip Hop outdoor music…

Florida Film Festival announced the 2019 Grand Jury and Audience Award Winners

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - After 10 days and over 180 films, the 2019 Florida Film…

Shark Tank Star Daymond John, DWTS's Lindsay Arnold, Joey Fatone to Host Runway to Hope 2019 Gala

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Runway to Hope co-founder Attorney Mark NeJame announced on Facebook Wednesday…

Aretha Franklin makes history with posthumous Pulitzer win

NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin is still getting R-E-S-P-E-C-T after death: The Queen of…

Trivago Hotel Website Actor Arrested in Texas on DWI Charge

HOUSTON (AP) - The actor who has become something of a sex symbol as the…

LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL & TOURISM

  • LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - 26th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Blooms for 90 Days at Walt Disney World Resort (Photo courtesy Walt Disney World)

MORE LIFESTYLE NEWS

Shark Tank Star Daymond John, DWTS's Lindsay Arnold, Joey Fatone to Host Runway to Hope 2019 Gala

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Runway to Hope co-founder Attorney Mark NeJame announced on Facebook Wednesday…

Trivago Hotel Website Actor Arrested in Texas on DWI Charge

HOUSTON (AP) - The actor who has become something of a sex symbol as the…

"Unplanned" Movie Comes to Orlando, Inspired by Conservative Activist Korrie Lupino Stevenson

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - On Wednesday, March 27th, Unplanned the movie will be viewed…

Garden Rocks Concert Series Expands to Every Day of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, March 6-June 3

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Garden Rocks Concert Series is back – every single day…

SPECIAL REPORT: Non-Compliance with State Law Plagues Orange County Soil & Water Board

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Florida currently has 58 Soil & Water Conservation Districts which were…

Chairman Daisy Morales Announces New Website for Orange Soil and Water Conservation District

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – After four years of ongoing board meetings and delays to…