NHL Wrap: Maple Leafs overtake Lightning, Predators edge Capitals

The Toronto Maple Leafs earned an all-important win over Tampa Bay Lightning while the Nashville Predators edged the table-topping Washington Capitals in Thursday night’s NHL action.

The Maple Leafs were in red-hot form at home, putting five goals past the hapless Lightning to win 5-0. The win moves the Canadian outfit into the lead for the second Eastern Conference wild card.

It was a second period blitz that helped the Maple Leafs to a dominating win, as they netted four goals in quick succession, with Morgan Rielly and Matt Martin scoring within 15 seconds of each other.

“A good response,” quipped Martin on ESPN.

“We played a good first period, and obviously a big second period offensively.”

Elsewhere, the Predators have Viktor Arvidsson to thank for an overtime goal that saw them edge the indomitable Metropolitan Conference leading Washington Capitals 2-1. The win is the Predators third in a row.

The Chicago Blackhawks also continued their winning streak, defeating the Ottawa Senators 2-1 thanks to a late goal from Richard Panik.

Other results:

Philadelphia Flyers 2-6 New Jersey Devils
Winnipeg Jets 4-2 New York Islanders
Minnesota Wild 1-3 Carolina Hurricanes
Florida Panthers 1-2 Columbus Blue Jackets
Boston Bruins 4-7 Edmonton Oilers
Dallas Stars 4-2 Vancouver Canucks
Detroit Red Wings 5-4 Arizona Coyotes
Buffalo Sabres 0-2 LA Kings
St Louis Blues 4-1 San Jose Sharks