White converted a tiebreaking power-play goal midway through the third period and the Maple Leafs beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 Wednesday night. White picked up a loose puck off a deflected pass by Matt Stajan and scored from in close to give Toronto a 3-2 lead with 8:17 left. He hadn’t scored a goal in his previous 22 games.
“A goal is a goal, and fortunately enough it happened to be at the right time of the game to get the win,” White said. “It’s a nice to get a game winner.”
Gill got the Maple Leafs even at 2-2 at 1:51 of the third. The goal snapped a 26-game goal-scoring drought and gave him 100 career points. Alexei Ponikarovsky had an empty-net goal with 1:20 to play.
“You can’t feel a sense of doom being down one,” Toronto coach Paul Maurice said. “The other team gets paid too, and they do some good things. So we’re down one, big deal. Let’s go try and get a road win.”
Tampa Bay had Eric Perrin’s potential go-ahead goal disallowed at 3:20 of the third because Andreas Karlsson was sent to the penalty box for goaltender interference. Karlsson and Toronto defenceman Bryan McCabe were battling for position when the infraction was called.
“You’ve got to be able to overcome that,” Lightning captain Tim Taylor said. “I think we all knew as soon as it went in, it was going to be no goal. We killed the penalty off. It had no bearing on the hockey game.”
Tomas Kaberle scored his fifth goal in the past three games for Toronto, which has won three straight. The Maple Leafs are 4-1-1 on the road.
Brad Richards and Vincent Lecavalier had the Lightning goals. Lecavalier has scored a goal in five straight games.
“We’ve just got to realize that we’re in hockey games that are important this time of year or anytime of year,” Richards said. “We should have not got outplayed in the third period and we did. They came right at us.”
Tampa Bay has lost three in a row, and dropped to 3-5-0 at home.
The Lightning took a 2-1 lead at 6:24 of the second on Lecavalier’s rebound goal.
Richards gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead at 11:24 of the first. Kaberle tied it 1-1 with 2:25 left in the period.
The Maple Leafs, who scored three goals with the man advantage in a 1:26 span in Monday’s 4-2 win over Atlanta, had just one shot during a four-minute power play early in the first.
Notes: Toronto C Mats Sundin picked up an assist. He has 29 assists and 55 points in 41 games against Tampa Bay. … Lecavalier also has eight points during a six-game point streak. … Toronto D Jay Harrison (hand) didn’t play. … Tampa Bay RW Martin St. Louis had an assist to extend his point streak to six games. He has three assists and nine points over the stretch. … Kaberle’s goal gave him 300 career points.