Lightning lose to Maple Leafs 4-1

Posted at 11:07 PM, Mar 15, 2016

Ben Smith and Connor Carrick scored their first goals of the season and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 Tuesday night.

With the win, the Leafs have won back-to-back games and picked up points in four of their past five.

Zach Hyman and P.A. Parenteau added empty-net goals while Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves for his ninth win of the season.

Brian Boyle scored for Tampa Bay. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 20 shots in the loss.

Tampa dropped to 7-2-0 in its past nine road games.

Toronto snapped its three-game losing streak against Tampa Bay.

With the Leafs leading 1-0, Peter Holland had two excellent opportunities 2:35 into the third period, but was unable to solve Vasilevskiy.

Boyle tied it 1-1 at 6:33 of the third period, beating Bernier low blocker side for his 11th of the season. The goal snapped Bernier's shutout streak at 108 minutes and 48 seconds.

Smith restored Toronto's one-goal lead at 9:07 of the third period, putting the rebound of Michael Grabner's shot between the legs of Vasilevskiy. It was Smith's first goal since March 29, 2015, while with the San Jose Sharks.

Carrick opened the scoring by one-timing the rebound of Holland's shot at 13:34 of the second period. It was Carrick's first goal since Oct. 3, 2013, while a member of the Washington Capitals.

Notes: Leafs RW Brad Boyes (shoulder) and D Viktor Loov (undisclosed) each missed their fourth game due to injury. Tampa Bay played with 11 forwards and seven defensemen. The Lightning were without Cedric Paquette (lower body), Valtteri Filppula (upper body) and Eric Condra (healthy scratch). ... The Leafs continue their six-game homestand on Thursday when they host the Florida Panthers.