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Berezin, Leafs Strike Lightning

It was Sergei Berezin's kind of game, but it certainly wasn't Pat Quinn's.

Berezin scored twice in his 200th NHL game to set a career high in goals with 26 as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-1.

"I'm pretty happy about (his milestone), especially when the team wins," said Berezin, the Maple Leafs' leading goal-scorer this season. "It was a wide-open game. It was fun to play."

Maple Leafs coach Quinn, however, was not impressed after watching the teams combine for 81 shots.

"We depended on our goalie tonight," said Quinn, whose Maple Leafs outshot the Lightning 41-40.

"We have to be better at playing the defensive side of the game because there will be times when we don't get the offense. If we don't score, does that mean we're just not going to win?"

Curtis Joseph, who was given a 6-0 lead, faced the most shots he's seen on home ice this season. His 39 saves included stops on four breakaways two on Stephane Richer.

Mats Sundin had a goal and two assists, Tie Domi had a goal and an assist, while Mike Johnson and Lonny Bohonos also scored for the Maple Leafs.

Robert Petrovicky scored for the Lightning.

"We got up by too many goals," said Joseph, who has faced 40 shots only once before this season (at Vancouver on Oct. 17). "They (Tampa Bay) started cheating and they did it effectively."

Tampa Bay, routed 9-3 by the Ottawa Senators on Monday night, is 4-4-0 in its last eight games.

Bill Ranford started against the Maple Leafs, but lasted one period after giving up four goals on 18 shots.

Corey Schwab, who let in Ottawa's first seven goals, fared better, stopping 21 shots.

The Lightning have, by far, the NHL's worst goals-against (236), goals-against average (3.69) and save percentage (.886).

"We made some mistakes in certain areas," said Lightning coach-general manager Jacques Demers. "(But) after two periods, believe it or not, we outchanced them. ... but Curtis Joseph is one of the five best goalies in hockey."

Sundin burned Tampa Bay with three goals and seven points in four games as the Maple Leafs swept the season series.

"Any time you play a team that just lost 9-3, you want to come out and have a good start," said Sundin, who set up the Maple Leafs' first two goals.

The Maple Leafs also had a little luck going for them. Both Sundin's goal and Berezin's second were tipped in by Lightning defenders.

Berezin led all players with nine shots, including several off blistering off-wing rushes.

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