User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Lightning cruise past Maple Leafs

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Martin St. Louis scored three goals and the Tampa Bay Lightning snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

Advertisement
St. Louis, who has 16 goals this season, took over the lead in the NHL scoring race with 58 points - two more than teammate Steven Stamkos and injured Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby.

Stamkos scored his 29th goal, two behind NHL-leading Alex Ovechkin of Washington, and added an assist.

With 55 points, Toronto is one point ahead of the New York Islanders for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Both teams, who have already clinched playoff berths, have two games remaining.

St. Louis' goal in the second period came off wrist shot off a slick pass from behind the net by Nate Thompson to give the Lightning a 2-1 lead.

In the third period, with the Lightning leading 3-2, St. Louis got to a rebound of Keith Aulie's slap shot off the boards and slipped the puck past goalie James Reimer.

St. Louis completed his hat trick with an empty-net goal with 2:49 left in the game.

Toronto took a 1-0 lead with 2:57 remaining in the first period when Phil Kessel pushed a wrist shot past goalie Ben Bishop.

Tampa Bay tied it in the second period when Stamkos took an open-ice pass from Thompson and slipped a backhanded shot past Reimer. Joffrey Lupul scored for Toronto with 24 seconds remaining in the second to tie it again.

Radko Gudas' third-period goal, a slap shot that went over Reimer's shoulder, gave the Lightning a 3-2 lead.

NOTES: Bishop made 26 saves. ... The scoreboard updated the NHL scoring race after St. Louis' second and third goals. ... St. Louis' hat trick is the first for the Lightning this season.

Copyright 2016 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
News: Grand Salami - December
Oilers snap Ducks' 3-game win streak
Canucks hold off Maple Leafs in SO, 3-2
Blue Jackets post 60 shots, top Coyotes
Lehtonen, Stars blank Avalanche 3-0
Kessel helps Pens rally past Wings, 5-3
Boyle lifts Lightning pasts Caps in SO
Senators score early to beat Panthers
Laine sets up Little in OT, Jets beat Blues
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NHL Pro Hockey Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NHL Hot Streaks
6-3, +576 Last 9 G-Plays
5-2, +355 L7 NHL Guarantees
3-1, +235 L4 Selections
22-13, +1,118 Last 35 Picks
4-2 Record Yesterday
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2016 NHL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 1104
Don Anthony + 130
   
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 222
Bruce Marshall + 200
Joe Williams + 170
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 190
Stephen Nover + 72
   
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 747
Stephen Nover + 584
Scott Rickenbach + 301
Yesterday's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Gary Bart + 183
Scott Rickenbach + 15
   
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Gary Bart + 450
Stephen Nover + 310
ASA + 100
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership