Posted March 14, 2012 on AP on Fox

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning looks on prior to the game against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on November 19, 2009 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning put an end to their recent scuffles with a lopsided victory their last time out. While they were handed a couple of one-sided defeats at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier this season, another one seems unlikely. The Lightning try to avoid a third consecutive loss to the Maple Leafs, who visit Tampa seeking just their third win in 18 games overall Thursday night. After allowing a combined 14 goals during an 0-2-1 skid, Tampa Bay (32-30-7) jumped out to a 5-0 lead Tuesday before defeating Boston 6-1. The 11th-place Lightning remain seven points behind Washington for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. Tom Pyatt, Nate Thompson, Ryan Shannon and Victor Hedman all scored Tuesday before Stamkos added to his league lead with goals No. 49 and 50. Stamkos joined Mike Bossy, Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky, Alex Ovechkin and Joe Nieuwendyk as the only players to record two 50-goal seasons before the age of 23. "It was a g...
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