The Lightning played slightly better on the ice during the second period of play in Tampa, but it wasn’t enough to trim Toronto’s lead any. The Maple Leafs entered the period up 3-1, and they managed to keep the Lightning off the scoreboard despite some close calls.
Steven Stamkos nearly had a goal for the Lightning late in the period, but after he crashed the net on a 2-on-1, Toronto goalie Jonas Gustavsson made an impressive save and blocked the whole corner of the net. Stamkos was then hit off his feet, the puck was stopped, and the Lightning didn’t seriously threaten again for the remainder of the period.
The Leafs scored their fourth goal when Matt Frattin tore past the Lightning defense, and then flipped a pass behind the back to Joe Colborne who was waiting – unguarded – at the top of the crease. Dwayne Roloson had been drawn off to the side of the net by Frattin, so Colborne was able to slide the puck into the net for the first goal of his NHL career.