FOUR-GOAL SECOND PERIOD PROPELS MAPLE LEAFS OVER LIGHTNING
tampa, fla.» Morgan Rielly and Matt Martin scored 15 seconds apart during Toronto’s four-goal second period, Frederik Andersen made 33 saves and the Maple Leafs moved into the lead for the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot by beating the Lightning 5-0 on Thursday night.
Roman Polak, Connor Brown and James van Riemsdyk also scored for Toronto, which was coming off a 7-2 loss Tuesday night at Florida. The Maple Leafs hold a one-point advantage over Tampa Bay and the Islanders.
Tampa Bay, 12-3-3 over its last 18 games, pulled Andrei Vasilevskiy six minutes into the second after he allowed four goals on 15 shots. The goalie had gone 6-0-1 over his previous seven games.
After Rielly scored 2:24 into the second, Martin made it 3-0 on the next shift. Brown, on the power play, and van Riemsdyk added goals later in the period.
Patrick Maroon scored twice, Leon Draisaitl had a goal and two assists and Connor McDavid added three assists as the Oilers beat the Bruins 7-4. … Richard Panik scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period, lifting the Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Senators. … Victor Rask scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:24 to play and the Hurricanes beat the Wild 3-1. Teuvo Teravainen added an empty-net goal with 1:24 remaining. Derek Ryan also scored for the Hurricanes and Eddie Lack stopped 21 shots. … Bryan Little scored twice, Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves and the Jets beat the Islanders 4-2 to snap a four-game skid. Mathieu Perreault and Adam Lowry also scored for the Jets. … Viktor Arvidsson scored 1:05 into overtime and the Predators bucked their season-long trend of OT struggles by beating the Capitals 2-1. … Adam Henrique and Taylor Hall scored two goals apiece and the Devils snapped a 10-game winless streak with a 6-2 victory over the Flyers. … Zach Werenski and Josh Anderson scored 3:26 apart in the second period to lead the Blue Jackets to a 2-1 victory over the Panthers. Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 33 saves for his NHL-leading 38th win to help Columbus pull two points behind Washington in the Presidents’ Trophy race for the best record in the league. The Blue Jackets have won six of their last eight games.