"I don't know if we demonstrated enough determination or desperation until the last 7 minutes of the hockey game," Toronto coach Randy Carlyle said. "It seemed like we were a flat group for a good period of the game, but at one point I looked up, it was 2-1 after two periods, and we'd only given up 10 shots. If it wasn't for the lopsided number of power plays, I don't know if we would have given up 15 shots in the game."
The Maple Leafs, 0 for 3 on the power play, outshot Tampa Bay 25-19. The Lightning converted one of six man-advantage opportunities.
"They've got a lot of skill, so they can make a ton of plays happen," van Riemsdyk said. "They're a good team, and they were the better team today."
Stamkos put the Lightning up 2-1 from just outside the crease off a pass from Cory Conacher at 4:56 of the second.
Killorn made it 3-1 when his bouncing shot trickled past Scrivens 2:49 into the third. Carle ended Scrivens' night on a power-play goal with 13:02 to play.
"We're battling. That's the thing that got away from us the six games we lost in a row," Pouliot said. "Everyone played hard, and we come out with wins if we play that way."
Jussi Rynnas replaced Scrivens, and van Riemsdyk cut the Toronto deficit to 4-2 late in the third.
"We played 55 solid, solid minutes," Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said. "I didn't like the last 5 minutes."
Lecavalier opened the scoring at 9:25 of the first on a wrist shot from the low left circle that stopped Scrivens' shutout streak at 154 minutes, 16 seconds.
Grabovski tied it at 1 on a rebound goal after goalie Anders Lindback got his glove on Nikolai Kulemin's shot from the slot with 2:01 left in the first.
Toronto entered tied for the NHL lead in fighting majors, and right wing Mike Brown fought Tampa Bay forward B.J. Crombeen just 7:56 into the game. Brown also received a 10-minute misconduct.
Both teams received two fighting majors in the third, which included a pair of scuffles.
Stamkos has nine goals and 20 points in 17 games against the Maple Leafs. ... Toronto G James Reimer missed his fourth straight game because of a knee injury. ... Lecavalier has two goals and five points during a five-game point streak. ... Grabovski stopped an 11-game goal drought. ... Carle's goal was his first against Toronto, in his 19th game.
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Arena: Amalie Arena Location: Tampa, Florida
Referees: Justin St. Pierre, Kelly Sutherland Linesmen: Steve Barton, Darren Gibbs
Attendance: 19,204 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Vincent Lecavalier (6)
Assists: Benoit Pouliot, Martin St. Louis
Mikhail Grabovski (4)
Assists: Nikolay Kulemin, Clarke MacArthur
Steven Stamkos (10)
Assists: Cory Conacher, Benoit Pouliot
Alex Killorn (2)
Assist: B.J. Crombeen
Matt Carle (3)
(Power Play) Assists: Benoit Pouliot, Victor Hedman
James van Riemsdyk (9)
Assists: Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak