Toronto Maple Leafs vs Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Report - Jan 18, 2019

By: Nabeela Damji

Friday, January 18, 2019

Patrick Marleau and Nazem Kadri both had two points on the night at the Toronto Maple Leafs earned a massive ego boost as they beat the league  leading Tampa Bay Lighting 4-2 on Thursday night.

Mitch Marner scored the game winner,  Marleau and Kadri registered a a goal and an assist each, and Frederik Andersen made 36 stops in the win. Zach Hyman scored the empty net goal for the Leafs who had lost five of their last seven games.

Andrei Vasilevsky made 27 saves, while the lightning botched goals from Brayden Point and Victor Hedman. The Lighting still have a whopping 14 point lead over Toronto in the Atlantic Division, but their nine game winning streak came to an end tonight.   

Tampa opened the scoring at 9:48 into the first on the power play with a goal by Point .  This was his 30th of the year, making him the first NHL player to have at least 30 goals and 30 assists this season.  

Toronto got on the board just two minutes later to pull even with a goal by Kadri.

Marleau ended his nine-game goal drought at 13:06 of the second to make it 2-1 Leafs, but Tampa responded 37 seconds later with a goal by Hedman to pull even at 2.

The Leafs took a 3-2 lead with 5:111 left in the second after Andres Johnsson’s backhand pass from behind the net made it’s way to John Tavares who then sent it Marner’s way for the goal.  With that, Marner reached 60 points in 46 games, tied for fourth fastest in Leafs history.  

Hyman scored the empty netter at  19:09 to make it 4-2.