Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Van Riemsdyk Scores Twice as Maple Leafs Bounce Back with 5-2 Win over Lightning

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Van Riemsdyk Scores Twice as Maple Leafs Bounce Back with 5-2 Win over Lightning

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Van Riemsdyk, Leafs bounce back with 5-2 win

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TORONTO - James van Riemsdyk knew the Toronto Maple Leafs needed a bounce-back win after dropping back-to-back ugly losses to the Buffalo Sabres and Nashville Predators.

Van Riemsdyk went top shelf twice in the second period and Jonathan Bernier provided a solid showing in goal to lead the Maple Leafs to a much-needed 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.

"It was nice for us to put that little streak, whatever you wanna call it, the bad play behind us," said van Riemsdyk. "Now we have to build on this and find some consistency."

Van Riemsdyk had his first two-goal game of the season and Bernier bounced back from a forgettable showing against Nashville on Tuesday as Toronto snapped a three-game losing streak in front of 19,089 fans at Air Canada Centre.

David Clarkson, Richard Panik and Roman Polak also pitched in as Toronto (10-8-2) scored early in the first and added three more in the second.

Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos replied for Tampa Bay (13-6-2).

Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle said consistency has eluded Toronto this season, and he hoped the team can use their win over the Lightning to eliminate the ebbs and flows that have followed them around lately.

"Sometimes you have to accept that the hockey gods are going to be against you, and that's what we believed (Tuesday)," he said. "It was nine goals, and we were embarrassed by it. And there was nothing we could do to take it back. But we sure didn't want to have something bad happen to our hockey club tonight, and I think they were rewarded for their hard work."

The Maple Leafs shot out to an early 1-0 lead when Daniel Winnik beat out an icing call, circled the net and fed a pass to David Clarkson, whose one-timer beat Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop.

Killorn briefly tied it late in the first when he beat Bernier with a short-handed, screened snapshot at 18:10 to make it 1-1 heading into the second. …

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