NHL: Toronto 4, Tampa Bay 2

TORONTO, March 20 (UPI) -- Nikolai Kulemin finished off a big Toronto second period Wednesday and the Maple Leafs held on to defeat Tampa Bay 4-2.

Toronto ended a five-game skid.


The Maple Leafs scored three times in the middle period to take a 4-0 lead and survived two late goals surrendered by James Reimer, who got the win by stopping 26 shots.

Joffrey Lupul scored the only first-period goal and Toronto then broke it open on second-period scores from Dion Phaneuf, Tyler Bozak and Kulemin. Nazem Kadri had a career-best three assists.

Mathieu Garon gave up three goals on 13 shots in just over 27 minutes before being removed for Anders Lindback.

Tampa Bay came up with goals from Radko Gudas and Cory Conacher in the third period, but had a two-game winning streak snapped.

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