Lightning win an easy one over Toronto

by Gary Shelton on March 5, 2015 · 0 comments

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Bishop controlled the Leafs' offense

Bishop controlled the Leafs' offense

Thursday, 11:38 p.m.

Namestikov made a nice return to Bolts

Namestikov made a nice return to Bolts

Say this for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

It knows how to shut the door.

Give the Bolts a whiff of victory, and they'll bring it home. Every time. They're the best insurance policy in hockey. If they were baseball players, they would all be closers.

The Lightning did it again Thursday night, smothering the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2. And once again, Tampa Bay turned a hockey game into a two-period affair. It seems that if an opponent hasn't established its superiority over the Lightning in the first two periods, it has no chance.

The win over the Leafs ran its record to 29-0-2 in games in which it has led going into the third period. Give the Lightning a lead after two, and you might as well be trying to run down a locomotive.

Vladislav Namestnikov scored for the Bolts on his return since being called up this week. Also scoring were Nikita Kucherov, Ryan Callahan and Alex Killorn.

It was the Lightning's 40th victory over the season. In the previous 21 Lightning seasons, it has failed to win 40 in 16 of them.

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