Tyler Bozak leads the way for Toronto Maple Leafs

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TAMPA, Fla. — Tyler Bozak scored two goals and added an assist and Tim Connolly had a goal and two assists to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 7-1 over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

Toronto's Tyler Bozak celebrates his first of two goals in Tuesday night's 7-1 rout of Tampa Bay.  Chris O'Meara/Associated Press
Chris O'Meara/Associated Press
Toronto's Tyler Bozak celebrates his first of two goals in Tuesday night's 7-1 rout of Tampa Bay.

Clarke MacArthur, Joe Colborne, Joffrey Lupul and Joey Crabbe also scored for the Maple Leafs, who had lost four of five.

Vincent Lecavalier scored for Tampa Bay, which has lost four of five.

Toronto went ahead 3-1 when Connolly (17:56) and Bozak (19:22) scored first-period power-play goals. Connolly scored after Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman received a four-minute penalty after his high-stick struck MacArthur in the face.

Bozak and Lupul scored 1:21 apart early in third as Toronto took a 6-1 lead. Crabbe had a goal later in the period.

Lupul has two goals and five assists during a four-game point streak.

KINGS 3, BLUES 2

In St. Louis, Mike Richards had a goal and an assist and Willie Mitchell scored the winner on his first goal of the season to help Los Angeles slip past St. Louis.

The Kings got a team-leading 10th goal from Anze Kopitar, and Jonathan Bernier stopped 23 shots in only his fourth start of the season as the Kings won in St. Louis for only the third time in 11 tries.

Alex Steen and Vladimir Sobotka scored for the Blues, who only lost for the second time in regulation in 10 home games. Jaroslav Halak stopped 25 shots.

OILERS 6, PREDATORS 2

In Nashville, Tenn., Jordan Eberle had two goals and an assist and Shawn Horcoff scored twice to send Edmonton over the Predators.

Ales Hemsky and Jeff Petry also scored, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Ryan Smyth each added a pair of assists and Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves for Edmonton.

Jordin Tootoo and Jonathon Blum scored for the Predators.

PENGUINS: Sidney Crosby woke up on the first day of the rest of his hockey life and felt something he hadn’t experienced in a long, long time.

Tired. In the best way possible.

“Obviously, it’s been a long time since I played,” Crosby said.

It didn’t look like it.

Crosby returned from a 10-month layoff while recovering from concussion-like symptoms to score two goals and add two assists in a 5-0 romp over the New York Islanders on Monday.

The performance left Crosby emotionally drained. Erasing nearly a year of doubt will do that.

Yet there appeared to be no hangover. Crosby joined his teammates in a spirited hour-long practice Tuesday morning, with his legs, his lungs and – most importantly – his head feeling just fine.

after his first game in 320 days.

The 24-year-old felt no recurrence of the “fogginess” that kept him sidelined for nearly a year after sustaining head shots in consecutive games last January.


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