Series (Game 4 of 4)

Tampa Bay leads 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, December 16th
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Game 2: Tuesday, February 10th
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Game 3: Thursday, February 26th
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Game 4: Tuesday, March 23rd
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Lightning 7

(43-21-5, 99 pts)

Maple Leafs 2

(41-24-3, 94 pts)

Coverage: TSN

7:30 PM ET, March 23, 2004

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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TB 4 1 27
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F. Modin (Lightning - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

D. Andreychuk (Lightning - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

M. St. Louis (Lightning - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

Tampa Bay (42-21-8-5) at Toronto (41-23-9-3) 7:30 pm EST

TORONTO (Ticker) -- The struggling Tampa Bay Lightning play their final road game of the regular season Tuesday night when they visit the Air Canada Centre to face the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Tampa Bay already has clinched the Southeast Division title and is one point ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. But the Lightning have lost four of their last five contests, including their first two games on their trek.

On Sunday, Tampa Bay failed to get any of its 29 shots past Rick DiPietro and was blanked, 3-0, by the New York Islanders. Martin St. Louis, who leads the NHL with a career-high 86 points, hit the post with a shot in the third period.

The Lightning, who are just two points in front of the Northeast Division-leading Boston Bruins, begin a five-game homestand Thursday night against the New Jersey Devils.

The Maple Leafs have clinched a playoff spot and are one point behind Boston and one in front of the Ottawa Senators for fourth place in the East.

Toronto has won two straight and three of its last for games after Saturday's 5-2 triumph over the Colorado Avalanche. Owen Nolan scored twice and Ed Belfour made 32 saves in improving to 30-18-5. Belfour has won at least 30 games in six of the last seven seasons.

Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin scored his team-leading 30th goal, reaching that plateau for the 11th time in his career. He scored at least 30 goals in eight of his 10 campaigns with Toronto.

Toronto improved to 13-6-1 all-time at home vs. Tampa Bay with a 3-0 win on December 16, when Sundin registered his 600th career assist. The teams skated to a 4-4 tie in Tampa on February 10 and the Lightning posted a 4-3 home win on February 26.