The Leafs held Steven Stamkos off the scoreboard and Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves as Toronto defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Both Connor Carrick and Ben Smith recorded their first goals as Leafs players.
After an uneventful first period that saw each team register just five shots on goal, Carrick found the back of the net at the 13:34 mark of the second stanza. With pressure in the Lightning zone, Peter Holland did well to protect the puck before finding Carrick, pinching in from the point, on the opposite side of the rink. Carrick fired the puck under the arm of netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy for his first goal since October 2013.
The Lightning drew even in the third period when Brian Boyle beat Jonathan Bernier from the faceoff circle. Seconds earlier, Toronto’s Ben Smith had turned the puck over to Anton Stralman, who passed over to Boyle for the equalizer.
Smith redeemed himself minutes later as he capitalized on a rebound off the rush after Vasilevskiy kicked out a rebound of Michael Grabner’s shot.
Zach Hyman and PA Parenteau each added empty net goals to round out the scoring.
“It’s probably been almost a year since I scored a goal in the NHL so it felt really good to put up points,” Smith said after the game. “I’m going to work every day no matter what. It’s always nice to be able to contribute in other ways, whatever that is, in any essence of the game.”