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Maple Leafs brace for visit from surging Lightning

The Toronto Maple Leafs won the opener of their three-game homestand, but they feel that they must step up their game Thursday night against the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning.

Toronto allowed three third-period goals before holding on for a 5-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. Auston Matthews scored twice for the Maple Leafs to extend his goal streak to seven games.

"I didn't like much about the game at any period," Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said. "We found ways to strike offensively, whether it was on our power play or some quick chances off the rush, but in terms of how we like to play and how we have played there wasn't a lot to like about the game tonight in any period. Kind of happy that frankly the third period catches up to us because it probably should have."

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Leaders
Points: S. Stamkos28
Plus/Minus: V. Hedman12
Shots on Goal: V. Hedman66
PIM: P. Maroon37
Win: A. Vasilevskiy13
Shutouts: A. Vasilevskiy2
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 82 (11)
Shots: 740 (22)
PP%: 19.2% (17)
Penalty Minutes: 266 (4)
Assists: 137 (11)
SH Goals: 2 (16)
Standings
Atlantic Division
  W L OTL Pts
Florida 17 4 4 38
Toronto 18 7 2 38
Tampa Bay 16 5 4 36
Detroit 13 10 3 29
Boston 12 8 2 26
Buffalo 8 14 3 19
Ottawa 7 16 1 15
Montreal 6 18 3 15
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 65 (24)
Shots Against: 750 (23)
PK%: 83.8% (8)
Penalty Minutes: 238 (12)
Shutouts: 2 (12)
Sv%: 0.913 (7)
Injuries
Date Player Status
12/4 E. Cernak Undisclosed injury - left game (day-to-day)
11/21 B. Point Upper-body injury (IR)
10/16 N. Kucherov Lower-body injury - left game (IR)
9/28 G. Smith Lower-body injury (IR)
9/21 B. Seabrook Shoulder, hips (IR)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
12/7 F. Claesson Called up from minors from Syracuse-AHL
12/7 R. Nash Claimed off waivers
12/6 A. Barre-Boulet Sent to minors Syracuse-AHL
12/1 S. Day Sent to minors Syracuse-AHL
11/29 G. Fortier Called up from minors from Syracuse-AHL
11/27 O. Tufto Sent to minors Syracuse-AHL
11/26 S. Day Called up from minors from Syracuse-AHL
11/24 F. Claesson Sent to minors Syracuse-AHL
11/21 A. Barre-Boulet Called up from minors from Syracuse-AHL
11/19 A. Barre-Boulet Sent to minors Syracuse-AHL
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