Late goal seals win for Leafs over Lightning

Lightning goalie Ben Bishop makes a save on a shot from the point during a Maple Leafs power-play...

Lightning goalie Ben Bishop makes a save on a shot from the point during a Maple Leafs power-play in the first period at Toronto on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (Jack Boland/QMI Agency)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:53 PM ET

TORONTO - Daily observers of the Maple Leafs have been wondering for a while whether Nazem Kadri and Joffrey Lupul would start to click more often than not.

Perhaps we started to get the answer on Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre.

Kadri scored two goals as he and Lupul were dangerous on just about every shift, leading the Leafs to a 3-2 win against the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning before a crowd of 19,475.

James van Riemsdyk scored the winner with 4:03 left on the clock, taking a pass from Phil Kessel and firing it over the shoulder of 6-foot-7 goalie Ben Bishop and into the roof of the net.

Referee Dean Morton immediately waived it off, but one replay was enough to show the goal was good.


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