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Steven Stamkos makes Lightning history in win over Leafs

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Apr 21, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates as they beat the Toronto Maple Leafs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists to break the Lightning’s record for career points in Tampa Bay’s 8-1 victory over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Stamkos scored his 34th goal of the season on a second-period power play to record his 954th point, passing Martin St. Louis as the franchise’s all-time leader. Stamkos added two assists in the third period.

Alex Killorn and Ross Colton each had two goals and an assist, Ondrej Palat contributed a goal and two assists and Nikita Kucherov added a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay (47-22-8, 102 points).

Pat Maroon scored once and Corey Perry and Victor Hedman logged two assists apiece to help the Lightning win for the third time in four games.

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 shots for the Lightning in a game that became chippy as the score mounted.

Ilya Mikheyev scored for Toronto (51-21-6, 108 points), and Erik Kallgren made 28 saves.

The Lightning scored four goals in the second period and four more in the third.

Killorn deflected Erik Cernak’s shot to open the scoring at 3:54 of the middle period, and Nicholas Paul’s forechecking set up Colton’s goal at 11:37.

Stamkos scored his record-setting goal on a one-timer from the left circle at 12:38. With Toronto’s Jason Spezza off for hooking, Kucherov earned his 600th career point with the pass that set up Stamkos.

Kucherov pounced on a loose puck to score his 20th goal on a power play at 15:07 to make it 4-0.

Palat scored at 1:12 of the third period on a deflection of Mikhail Sergachev’s shot.

Killorn collected his 25th goal of the season on a redirect at 4:33 of the third on a power play for a 5-0 edge.

Mikheyev replied for the Maple Leafs on a power play at 7:45 of the third.

Toronto’s Kyle Clifford received a match penalty for high-sticking at 8:10 of the third.

Colton scored on the ensuing power play at 8:50. Maroon completed the scoring at 14:11 on another power play as the Lightning finished the night 5-for-6 with the man advantage.

Paul, Maroon and Toronto’s Colin Blackwell, Wayne Simmonds and Michael Bunting received misconduct penalties in the third.

Brayden Point (lower-body injury) did not play for Tampa Bay.

Toronto’s Auston Matthews (undisclosed injury) and Jake Muzzin (undisclosed injury) sat out.

–Field Level Media