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Toronto 6, Tampa Bay 2
When: 7:30 PM ET, Monday, April 4, 2022
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
Referees: Frederick L'Ecuyer, Justin St. Pierre
Linesmen: Brad Kovachik, Derek Nansen
Attendance: 19092

League-leading goal scorer Auston Matthews netted his seventh career hat trick to tie Toronto's season record for goals with 54, leading the Maple Leafs to a 6-2 win over the host Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.

Matthews scored twice in the second period and once in the third to match Rick Vaive's goal-scoring mark from the 1981-82 season.

Mitchell Marner had a goal and two assists to stretch his point streak to 10 games (six goals, 16 assists).

Matthews (assist) produced a four-point outing for Toronto (45-19-5, 95 points), which won its fifth straight game and broke a tie with Tampa Bay (43-19-7, 93 points) for second place in the Atlantic Division.

Pierre Engvall and Alexander Kerfoot added scores, Michael Bunting had two assists and goalie Jack Campbell stopped 32 shots.

William Nylander (non-COVID illness) was scratched by Toronto, the 26-goal scoring right winger's first missed game this season.

Nikita Kucherov and Jan Rutta scored for the Lightning, who lost their second straight (0-1-1) and played their third game in four nights.

Steven Stamkos assisted on both goals to extend his point streak to a season-high seven games (five goals, seven assists). Andrei Vasilevskiy surrendered six goals on 39 shots.

In a possible first-round playoff preview, Toronto struck 1:59 into the game after defenseman Zach Bogosian's attempt to keep the puck in the Lightning offensive zone was blocked by David Kampf.

He flipped a pass to Engvall, and the right wing raced in and ripped his 13th goal of the season past Vasilevskiy on the visitors' first shot.

However, Stamkos won a faceoff with Matthews, and Kucherov immediately fired home his 13th marker at 6:24 to tie the game at 1.

In the second period, Matthews took a pass from Bunting, skated in and snapped a shot from inside the left circle at 1:46 for a 2-1 lead.

The tally marked Matthews' sixth straight game with a goal and extended his point streak to his past 13 games played.

Following Rutta's backhanded goal that broke his 49-game goalless drought dating back to Nov. 20, Matthews chipped in marker No. 53 for a 3-2 lead at 9:57.

Kerfoot's 12th tally from in tight less than three minutes later pushed the lead to 4-2.

Matthews' hat-trick goal and Marner's 29th on a feed from Matthews in the final period rounded out the scoring.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Toronto   Tampa Bay
Auston Matthews 4 Points Steven Stamkos 2
Auston Matthews 3 Goals Nikita Kucherov 1
Mitchell Marner 2 Assists Steven Stamkos 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Jack Campbell .941 Save Percentage Andrei Vasilevskiy .846
Jack Campbell 32 Saves Andrei Vasilevskiy 33
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Toronto 39 6 0-1 2-2 14 26
Tampa Bay 34 2 0-2 1-1 12 35
Upcoming Games
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game on the road against Washington. The Lightning have a W/L % of .636 after a win and .600 after a loss.
  • Toronto will play their next game on the road against Florida. The Maple Leafs have a W/L % of .667 after a win and .625 after a loss.