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Lightning aim to continue surge in Toronto

(SportsNetwork.com) - While the Tampa Bay Lightning are being sparked by an undrafted rookie, the Toronto Maple Leafs have struggled in net over back-to- back losses.

Trending in opposite directions, the Bolts try to extend their winning streak to four straight on Tuesday night while the Leafs hope to avoid a third setback.

The Lightning have been without one of the league's scorers in Steven Stamkos since mid-November but have managed to stay in the hunt in the Atlantic Division. They are just two points behind Boston for first place in the Atlantic and have won three in a row for the first time since a five-game run from Dec. 15-23.

Rookie Tyler Johnson keyed a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, notching the first hat trick of his career. The 23-year-old American has four goals and four assists over a five-game point streak as well as 16 goals and 34 points in 52 games on the season.

"It's one of those things that you have to be lucky to get it," Johnson said. "Tonight was a good night for me and I couldn't have done it without my linemates. I was just happy to be in the right spot."

Victor Hedman had three assists for a second game in a row, Ben Bishop made 25 saves and Martin St. Louis had an assist to push his point streak to 10 straight games. The veteran has eight goals and six assists over the run and on Saturday reached 599 assists for his career.

Tampa Bay will play its next four on the road and has won nine of the last 11 as the guest.

The Leafs return home following a four-game road trip, winning the first two of the stretch to push their overall winning streak to six straight before a 7-1 setback in Dallas on Thursday. Jonathan Bernier was lifted in favor of James Reimer during the game, but Reimer didn't fare much better when he got the start on Saturday in Winnipeg in a 5-4 overtime setback.

The Morweena, Manitoba native yielded three goals on 18 shots through 28 minutes of work, while Bernier yielded two goals on 14 shots in relief. That included the game-winner to Dustin Byfuglien 2:44 into overtime.

"It's the kid's (Reimer) hometown and he's played really well," Toronto coach Randy Carlyle said on his decision to start Reimer. "That was our plan when we mapped out the week."

Phil Kessel scored with 1:33 remaining in regulation to force extra time. his 27th tally of the season. That is tied for fourth in the NHL and he also had an assist.

Dion Phaneuf and Troy Bodie also scored and defenseman Tim Gleason, acquired earlier this season from Carolina, netted his first goal since Dec. 18, 2011 with the Hurricanes.

James van Riemsdyk had an assist to give him a career high-tying 40 points for the Leafs, who trail the Lightning by seven points in the standings.

Tuesday is the first of four meetings between the Leafs and Lightning this season. Toronto has won five of the past seven encounters overall and three in a row at home.

Bishop is 2-3-0 with a 3.24 goals against average in five career games versus the Maple Leafs, while Bernier has never faced the Lightning.

01/28 11:55:05 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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