April 2, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson (30) makes a save as he catches the puck during the third period against the Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Washington Capitals 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
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The Tampa Bay Lightning dropped their second-to-last game of the season on Thursday night, falling 3-2 up north to the Toronto Maple Leafs. With all eight spots of the Eastern Conference locked up, theses two non-playoff teams were playing for pride, and the Steven Stamkos's goal-scoring chase for 60. The All-Star forward has already locked up the goal-scoring title, but has a shot at reaching 60 goals for the first time in his young career.
On Thursday, he added to his gaudy numbers with a snipe to beat Ben Scrivens for his 59th of the season. Bruno Gervais assisted Stamkos on the goal. But it was not enough for the Bolts, as Toronto answered with a Jake Gardiner goal to tie it at 2-2 with three minutes remaining in the third period. The Leafs would take it in overtime when a Dion Phaneuf blast beat Dwayne Roloson to end it.
The Bolts will now stay up north and finish out the season on Saturday night against the Winnipeg Jets.
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