Maple Leafs beat NHL-leading Lightning 4-2

Toronto Maple Leafs center Patrick Marleau (12) celebrates with the bench after his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of a

Toronto Maple Leafs center Patrick Marleau (12) celebrates with the bench after his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of a

Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri (43) celebates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday

Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri (43) celebates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) reaches for a shot by Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares (91) as defenseman Ryan McDonagh

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) reaches for a shot by Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares (91) as defenseman Ryan McDonagh

Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Kasperi Kapanen (24) passes off in front of Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) during the first period o

Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Kasperi Kapanen (24) passes off in front of Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) during the first period o

Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri (43) celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning with defenseman Ron Hainsey (2) and right wing Kasperi

Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri (43) celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning with defenseman Ron Hainsey (2) and right wing Kasperi

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (98) battles with Toronto Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander (29) for a loose puck behind the ne

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (98) battles with Toronto Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander (29) for a loose puck behind the ne

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) battles with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak (81) for a loose puck during the third period

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) battles with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak (81) for a loose puck during the third period

Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Andreas Johnsson (18) controls the puck in front of Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi (5) and goaltender Andrei

Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Andreas Johnsson (18) controls the puck in front of Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi (5) and goaltender Andrei

Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Zach Hyman (11) celebrates his empty net goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of an NHL hockey g

Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Zach Hyman (11) celebrates his empty net goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of an NHL hockey g

Toronto Maple Leafs center Patrick Marleau (12) watches his shot eventually get past Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) for a goal

Toronto Maple Leafs center Patrick Marleau (12) watches his shot eventually get past Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) for a goal

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mitchell Marner scored a go-ahead goal late in the second period, Nazem Kadri and Patrick Marleau each had a goal and an assist, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 on Thursday night.

Frederik Andersen stopped 36 shots and Zach Hyman added an empty-netter for the Maple Leafs, who had lost five of seven.

Tampa Bay got goals from Brayden Point and Victor Hedman, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves. Nikita Kucherov, the NHL points leader with 76, had an assist after two straight games without a point.

The Lightning have a 14-point lead in the Atlantic Division over Toronto. Tampa Bay's nine-game home winning streak ended.

Toronto took a 3-2 lead with 5:11 left in the second when Andreas Johnsson made a nifty backhand pass from behind the net to John Tavares, who sent the puck through the crease to a wide-open Marner.

Marner reached 60 points in 46 team games, tied for fourth-fastest in Maple Leafs history. Only Lorne Carr (39 games, 1943-44), Darryl Sittler (40, 1977-78) and Doug Gilmour (41, 1992-93) did it quicker.

Tavares finished with two assists.

Both goalies made strong saves during the third. Andersen went post-to-post to stop Kucherov's shot, and Vasilevskiy reached back near the goal line to grab Auston Matthews' shot that went off his glove.

After Marleau ended a nine-game goal drought with his 11th of the season at 13:06 of the second, Hedman pulled Tampa Bay even at 2 just 37 seconds later.

Marleau has 546 goals overall, 30th on the career list. He has 695 assists.

Point opened the scoring 9:48 into the game on his 30th goal during a power play. The center became the first NHL player to have at least 30 goals and 30 assists this season.

Toronto tied it 1-all two minutes later on Kadri's goal.

The Maple Leafs lost the first meeting between the teams this season 4-1 on Dec. 13 despite outshooting Tampa Bay 49-21 and hitting the post or crossbar four times during the opening 30 minutes.

The final two games of the season series are March 11 and April 4 in Toronto.

NOTES: Point has 13 power-play goals. ... Kadri stopped a 10-game goal drought. .. Lightning C Steven Stamkos got his 350th assist on Point's goal. He has six assists over the last five games.

UP NEXT

Maple Leafs: Play at Florida on Friday night.

Lightning: Host the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.

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