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Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) is congratulated by defenseman Andrej Sustr (62) and center Steven Stamkos (91) after scoring against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) is congratulated by defenseman Andrej Sustr (62) and center Steven Stamkos (91) after scoring against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Hockey

Hedman and Bishop lift Lightning over Maple Leafs Add to ...

Victor Hedman had a goal and an assist, Ben Bishop made 34 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0 on Monday night to move into a tie for first place in the Atlantic Division.

The Lightning’s other goals came from Mike Blunden and Ondrej Palat. Steven Stamkos and Erik Condra each had two assists.

Bishop got his first career shutout against the Leafs. It was his sixth shutout of the season and 18th of his career.

The Lightning and Florida Panthers are tied with 93 points. Florida faces Toronto on Tuesday night.

Leafs goalie Garret Sparks made 15 saves.

Toronto still has the fewest points in the league with 65 but didn’t play like the worst team in the NHL. They ran into a goaltender with the league’s second-best goals-against average.

Up 2-0 after one period, Tampa Bay added to the lead when Hedman took Stamkos’ feed and beat Sparks high to the blocker side at 6:38 of the second.

Bishop made crucial stops on Milan Michalek and Nazem Kadri in one sequence late in the second period, and the Leafs outshot the Lightning 14-4 in the second.

Toronto owns the league’s worst road power play and missed on all seven of its chances with the man advantage.

The Lightning opened the scoring with some hustle from Condra. He negated an icing call, and then fed Blunden in the slot for a snap shot at 7:34 of the first period.

After serving a tripping penalty, Palat added to the lead at 14:29 when he swatted a rebound between Sparks’ legs.

NOTES: Stamkos has five goals and four assists during a current six-game point streak. ... This was Bishop’s first meeting against Toronto this season. Andrei Vasilevskiy started the four prior meetings and went 3-1. ... Valtteri Filppula returned to the Lightning lineup, but forwards Ryan Callahan and Nikita Kucherov remained out with lower-body injuries. ... Toronto is 11 for 115 on the power play on the road. ... Tampa Bay plays Montreal on Thursday, the fifth contest in a six-game homestand.

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