TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs are tightening the race for second place in the Atlantic Division.
Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves and the Maple Leafs beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 on Thursday night.
The second-place Lightning have a one-point lead over Toronto and Montreal, which beat Vancouver 5-2.
" The last week and a half (has been tough)," said Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper, whose team has lost four of five. " I don't mind where we are in the standings as of today. We kind of built a bulge in the standings, point-wise, and now we've lost some of it. But in saying that, I rather be where we are right now than where some other teams are."
Mason Raymond, Jay McClement, James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak scored for Toronto, which was coming of a 4-1 loss Tuesday night at Florida.
" We needed a response from our effort the other night, and we got it tonight," Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. " If you don't have goaltending, you don't have a starting point in the NHL. We're not any different than any other hockey club. The goaltender is your last line of defense, and our guys have given us a chance for a better part of this year."
The Maple Leafs are 10-2-1 over their last 13 games.
" We want to finish strong before the (Olympic) break with as many points as possible," Bernier said.
Bernier had a number of strong saves early when Tampa Bay dominated the first half of the first period, and he made a glove save on J.T. Brown during the second.
" It didn't look like we had it early, and once again Bernie was ready to play and kept us in it," McClement said. " Then we were able to get our legs."
Ondrej Palat had the lone goal for Tampa Bay. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop left after two periods with an upper-body injury and was replaced by Cedrick Desjardins, and center Valtteri Filppula also left due to a lower-body injury. Desjardins is filling in for backup Anders Lindback, who is sidelined by a lower-body injury.
Both Bishop and Filppula will be evaluated Friday.
McClement made it 2-0 on an in-close backhander that eluded Desjardins at 2:19 of the third. After Desjardins make a glove save a couple of minutes later on Troy Bodie's breakaway shot, the Maple Leafs turned an errant pass by the Lightning into a 3-0 advantage on van Riemsdyk's point-blank goal at 8:10.
Bozak added an empty-net goal with 2:52 to play.
Palat ended Bernier's shutout bid and cut Tampa Bay's deficit to 3-1 at 10:28 of the third.
There was a scrum between the teams with 1:42 remaining after a Toronto defender made contact with Brown, who ended up colliding with Bernier. Five players received penalties on the play.
Raymond opened the scoring 7:57 into the second when he skated in alone from the left wing boards and lifted a backhander over Bishop.
Bishop kept the Lightning within a goal when he stopped a shot during a breakaway by Bozak with 4 minutes left in the second.
The Maple Leafs, despite allowing eight of the first nine shots, outshot Tampa Bay 12-9 during a scoreless first period.
NOTES: Tampa Bay RW Martin St. Louis will replace injured Lightning C Steven Stamkos on Canada's Olympic hockey team. Doctors ruled out Stamkos because he hasn't recovered sufficiently from a broken right leg. ... St. Louis has gone eight games without a goal since he tied a team record with four goals against St. Jose on Jan. 18. He had an assist Thursday. ... Toronto C Nazem Kadri had his six-game points streak end.