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Leafs go fishing, catch playoff spot in Lightning blowout – NHL on CBC Sports

The Toronto Maple Leafs quickly rebounded from a one-sided loss.

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 Tampa Bay 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 New York Islanders.

“A good response,” Martin said. “We played a good first period, and obviously a big second period offensively.”

Toronto has won four of five.

“You’ve got to control your own fate,” Maple Leafs centre Tyler Bozak said.

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.

“Missed opportunity for us,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “What was missing was the defending. We’ve been so good of late.”

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.

Andersen, who entered winless with a 6.00 goals-against-average in the three losses to Tampa Bay, stopped Brayden Point’s power-play breakaway midway through the second. It was his fourth shutout this season and 10th overall.

Polak had the lone first-period goal, a blue-line shot that went off Vasilevskiy’s shoulder and bounced into the net

“The games are only going to get harder,” Martin said.

Brian Boyle, obtained by Toronto from Tampa Bay on Feb. 27, played against his old team for the first time.

“There’s a lot of great memories here,” Boyle said. “I loved my time here. It was a huge, huge win. There was a lot of emotion.”

The win comes after Toronto suffered one of their worst losses of the season on Tuesday, falling 7-2 to the Florida Panthers. The team caught some flack after that loss because of a fishing trip a few of the players went on before the game. 

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