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Melrose, Lightning search for answers against Maple Leafs

Tampa Bay (1-3-3) at Toronto (3-2-3), 7:30 pm EDT

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Returning from a long hiatus as a coach,

Barry Melrose's return to the bench has been rather frustrating.

The first-year Tampa Bay Lightning coach hopes his team can

solve its early season struggles against the Toronto Maple Leafs

on Tuesday.

Thanks to last Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win against the Atlanta

Thrashers, Melrose got his first NHL win since April 6, 1995.

He had been 0-8-3 as a head coach since that victory.

Under Melrose, the Lightning have struggled on offense, posting

a league-low 11 goals in seven games this season. Their slump

was evident in a 3-0 shutout loss to the San Jose Sharks on

Saturday as well.

Notable newcomers Vaclav Prospal, Ryan Malone and Gary Roberts

have combined for five points, while Steven Stamkos - the No. 1

overall pick in June's draft - has yet to record a point in

seven games.

Meanwhile, Toronto has been rather successful despite entering

the season with much lighter expectations than Tampa Bay. They

are coming off a week in which they earned five out of a

possible six points to move into a three-way tie for seventh

place in the Eastern Conference.

Winners of two straight, the Maple Leafs have gotten a spark

from center Nik Antropov, who has recorded four goals and three

assists.

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