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Lightning loses another one as offense dries up vs. Leafs

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For the third time in four games, the Tampa Bay Lightning finished a game by shaking its head Tuesday night.

The Lightning lost, 4-1, to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

It was close for most of the game, and the Bolts tied the game at 1-1 in the third period. But after Toronto took the lead, it finished with two empty-net goals for the win.

Brian Boyle scored the only goal for Tampa Bay.

“It was disappointing,” said coach Jon Cooper. “One team came out to win the game. The other team came out as if it was going to win a hockey game.”

Tampa Bay, which has 12 games remaining, plays at Dallas on Thursday night.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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