TAMPA -- Four different Lightning players scored and Benoit Pouliot had three assists on Tuesday at as Tampa Bay reversed two troubling trends in a 4-2 romp of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The victory ended a three-game home losing streak for the Lightning (8-6-1, 17 points), which also went 0-3-1 against Toronto (10-8-0, 20 points) last season.
Steven Stamkos' shot from the edge of the crease gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead with 18:26 left in the second period, and the team never looked back. Stamkos notched his tenth of the season after Pouliot rooted the puck loose along the boards behind the goal, where Cory Conacher gathered it and fed Stamkos.
The league's most productive power play went 0-for-4 through the first two periods, including a potentially crucial stretch midway through the second when the Lightning had two man advantages within seconds of each other. Tampa Bay managed just 10 shots on goal through two periods, but led, 2-1, entering the third.
Alexander Killorn gave the frugal Lightning a 3-1 lead the next shot on net less than two minutes into the third period, as his blast from near the left wall appeared to hit a Leaf's stick and distract goaltender Ben Scrivens.
Matt Carle's power play goal with 13:02 left gave Tampa Bay a 4-1 and prompted coach Randy Carlyle to pull Scrivens, who had produced shutouts in the Leafs' last two games.
Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead with 10:35 left in the first period on Vincent Lecavalier's sixth goal of the season. Lecavalier took a pass from Pouliot, who had pounced on a loose puck in the offensive zone and wristed a shot past Scrivens before defenseman Michael Kostka could recover. Toronto tied the game, 1-1, with 2:01 left in the first period when Mikhail Grabovski tapped in a loose puck in front of the net on transition as Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback had failed to control a shot with his glove. The goal was Grabovski's fourth. Phil Kessel scored in the final minutes for Toronto.
NOTES: The Lightning's Vincent Lecavalier has at least point in five straight games. Teammate Martin St. Louis has at least a point in four straight. Cory Conacher had at least a point in eight of 15 and leads rookies in scoring. ... The Maple Leafs entered with a 7-2-0 road mark and coming off consecutive shutouts. The road start was the franchise's best since 1940-41. ... Tampa Bay entered with a league-best 38.2-percent power play success rate at home, having scored in seven of eight games. ... The Lightning entered having scored eight goals during its past two games, ranking first in the NHL with 55 goals. Twenty-six of the goals had come in the third period, also a league high. ...Tampa Bay's 3.9 goals per game averaged ranked first in the league. ....Tampa Bay has notched four or more goals in a game in seven of its first 14 games this season... Through 16 games this season, the Maple Leafs led the NHL in hits and fighting majors.