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Lightning 5, Maple Leafs 2

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Martin St. Louis tallied a hat trick and Steven Stamkos added a goal and an assist, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-2 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas produced the game-winner with a blast from the top of the right circle three minutes into the third period, and St. Louis added two insurance goals, the latter into an empty net with 2:49 remaining, to halt a six-game losing streak.

Stamkos and St. Louis scored second-period goals with assists from Nate Thompson to give Tampa Bay a 2-1 edge. Despite the pair ranking among the top scorers in the league, the Lightning will sit out the postseason for the fifth time in six years.

Stamkos began the night second in goals scored with 28 and third in points with 54. St. Louis came in as the NHL assists leader with 42 and second in points with 55.

Toronto center Phil Kessel opened the scoring three minutes before the first intermission, snapping a shot from the left circle past the glove of Lightning goalie Ben Bishop.

Stamkos tied it with a backhander past goalie James Reimer at 5:54 of the second period. Ten minutes later, St. Louis exchanged passes with Thompson before scoring his 14th goal from the low slot.

Joffrey Lupul scored the second Toronto goal with 24 seconds to go in the second period.

NOTES: Phil Kessel came into Wednesday's game ranked first on the Maple Leafs with eight career goals against the Lightning. The seventh-year center extended his lead by scoring the only goal in the first period. ... Tampa Bay has opened the scoring only once in its last eight games. ... Toronto goalie James Reimer, who faced 50 shots in a 4-1 victory at Ottawa on Saturday, was tested only seven times by Tampa Bay in the first period. ... Defenseman Cody Franson entered his 100th game for Toronto only two shy of 100 points. ... Tampa Bay signed former Lightning defenseman Mathieu Roy on Tuesday for its final three games. Roy, who made 51 appearances this season in the German Elite League, was scratched. ... Tampa Bay will visit Boston on Thursday night to make up a game postponed by snow Feb. 9.
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