TORONTO — Home or away, overtime remains unkind to the Lightning when facing the Maple Leafs.
Calle Jarnkrok scored his second goal of the game 46 seconds into overtime to give Toronto a 6-5 victory Monday night. When the teams met in Tampa on Oct. 21, the Maple Leafs pulled out a 4-3 win after Tampa Bay blew a two-goal lead in the final eight minutes of regulation.
All this after Toronto won all three games in overtime at Amalie Arena in the first round of last season’s playoffs.
Mitch Marner had a goal and three assists for Toronto (5-4-2) in regulation Monday night. Auston Matthews added two goals and an assist, while Matthew Knies had a goal and two assists for the Leafs, who snapped a four-game slide (0-2-2).
“It’s one of those things where if you’re going to give up six goals in a game, it’s kind of miraculous that we got a point out of it,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.
Jarnkrok scored in the extra period after taking a pass from Morgan Rielly and redirecting the puck past Jonas Johansson.
Toronto’s Ilya Samsonov allowed four goals on 12 shots in just over 15 minutes before getting the hook. Joseph Woll made 18 stops in relief to pick up the victory.
Nikita Kucherov had two goals and two assists in the first period for Tampa Bay (5-4-3). Victor Hedman added a goal and two assists, while Brayden Point and Brandon Hagel each had a goal and an assist. Johansson made 27 saves.
“Everyone’s just got to want to go to the wall for the guy right next to you,” Hagel said. “At times we know how to do it, we do do it at times. And then at times we get comfortable and it’s costing us a ton of points throughout the season already.”
Down 4-3 through 40 minutes, the Leafs got even at 1:55 of the third when Jarnkrok buried the rebound of a Nick Robertson shot.
With the crowd at Scotiabank Arena still buzzing, Marner took a pass from Knies off the ensuing faceoff and snapped it upstairs on Johansson just eight seconds later for a lead that seemed unlikely after a disastrous first period.
The Leafs appeared to be in control late, but Hagel tied it 5-5 with 2:26 remaining in regulation when Calvin de Haan’s point shot leaked through Woll.
Toronto jumped in front 1-0 on a Knies goal at 3:42 into Monday’s game, but Hedman tied it off the rush just 35 seconds later on a shot where Samsonov appeared to lose the angle.
Kucherov, who had five points in Saturday’s 6-4 victory over the Senators, then fired a puck that somehow got through the Toronto netminder at 6:11.
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Tampa Bay went to the power play later in the period after the Leafs were assessed a too many men on the ice penalty, and Kucherov blasted a one-timer past Samsonov at 11:27 for a 3-1 lead.
The crowd gave its goalie a mock cheer on a long shot moments later, and Point’s power-play goal from the slot at 15:13 spelled the end of the night for Samsonov, who slammed his mask on the bench before the Leafs were booed off the ice at the intermission.
“The bothersome thing for me on this road trip is that we’ve had the lead in the third in all three games,” Cooper said. “And we only have three points to show for it.” The Lightning dropped the opening game of this road trip 4-2 to the Blue Jackets.
Toronto got some life at 2:23 of the second when Matthews fired his 12th goal in 12 games with Knies screening Johansson, who has seen the majority of the work with Andrei Vasilevskiy out following back surgery.
The Lightning are now 0-4 in overtime games and have yet to record a shot on goal. In fact, they have been outshot 14-0 in OT games this season.
“It’s not good enough,” Hedman said. “We showed in the first period, when we’re on the puck, when we’re playing hard, we’re a tough team to play against. But when you give guys chances ... It’s frustrating, it’s disappointing.”