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Toronto Maple Leafs Win Close One 3-2 Over Tampa Bay


You know when you get that feeling that you might be having an impact in the game you’re watching? Well, I got that feeling tonight. I know I wasn’t but I still felt the Toronto Maple Leafs were winning because of what I was doing.

What was I doing? Not looking at the television, that’s what. No matter what happened, if I wasn’t looking at the Leafs game, the Leafs scored. It would seem that the Tampa Bay Lightning would only score when I was looking.

Anyways, the game seemed to be fairly even all the way. After no scoring in the first period, Nazem Kadri broke out of his funk, scoring at the 1:49 mark of the second period. I’m saying he broke out of his funk because at the 9:47 mark, Kadri scored again.

Then the Leafs got into penalty trouble. Though they didn’t allow a power play goal, but both Lightning goals, by Matt Carle and Mark Barberio, came shortly after Leaf penalties ended.

The game remained tied for the first fifteen minutes of the third period when the Leafs first line once again took center stage. Off of a Lightning turnover, Tyler Bozak found James van Riemsdyk wide open and he wired a snap shot past Ben Bishop to put the Leafs up 3-2.

The Lightning pulled Bishop with just over a minute and a half left but they were unable to net the equalizer.

Jonathan Bernier got the win for the Leafs. With the win, the Leafs climb to within five points of the Lightning for second place in the Atlantic Division.

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