Lightning Strikes Maple Leafs

Tyler Johnson and Cedric Paquette had two goals each as the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning thumped the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2.

Anthony Cirelli and Ondrej Palat also scored for Tampa Bay (53-13-4), while Ryan McDonagh, Yanni Gourde and Jan Rutta chipped in with two assists apiece.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 26 saves to improve to 12-1-2 over his last 15 starts.

Auston Matthews and Connor Brown replied for Toronto (42-22-5).

Frederik Andersen allowed four goals on 19 shots before getting the hook less than five minutes into the second period. Garret Sparks finished with 21 saves in relief.

The Lightning became just the seventh team in NHL history to reach 110 points through 70 games, joining the Montreal Canadiens (1975-76, 1976-77 and 1977-78), Boston Bruins (1970-71 and 1971-72) and Detroit Red Wings (1995-96).

The NHL has launched an investigation into the possible use of a homophobic slur in the Maple Leafs' 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Monday night.

Television cameras picked up what sounded like a slur with 1:51 left to play in the second period as Tampa Bay's Yanni Gourde and Toronto's Morgan Rielly skated into the Maple Leafs' defensive zone on a dump in.

The NHL has also launched an investigation into reports that a homophobic slur was used during the Maple Leafs-Lightning game."

Television cameras picked up what sounded like a slur with 1:51 left to play in the second period as Tampa Bay's Yanni Gourde and Toronto's Morgan Rielly skated into the Maple Leafs' defensive zone on a dump in.