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LIGHTNING CAN'T BEAR CROSS' GAME-WINNER

Cory Cross dreamed about scoring a goal like this.

Cross scored the winning goal against his former team with just over seven minutes left in the third period as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-2, Tuesday night.

"I thought about it today, but I didn't think it would happen," Cross said. "It would be very nice to get the winner, but the way I play, there's not much chance of that happening. I was lucky enough it did."

In his first game against the Lightning, Cross snapped a 2-2 tie when his slap shot from the left point deflected off Tampa Bay goalie Dan Cloutier's glove with 7:16 left.

"That goal shouldn't go in. It's a 2-2 game, it's an awful goal that wins the game for them," Tampa Bay coach Steve Ludzik said.

"It was a good shot, but it should have been a routine save," Cloutier said.

Cross' second goal of the season snapped a 22-game goal-scoring drought.

The Maple Leafs acquired Cross and a 2001 seventh-round draft pick from Tampa Bay for Fredrik Modin last October.

Tampa Bay wing Stephane Richer returned after missing 15 games and scored his 399th career goal.

Dunham comes back strong

BOSTON -- Mike Dunham is back from a groin injury and a protracted contract dispute, and the Nashville Predators have lost only once in five games with him in goal.

Dunham has 58 saves in his last two games, including 37 in a 3-1 victory Tuesday over the Boston Bruins. It was the first win by Nashville over Boston in franchise history, a modest span of four games.

Perhaps his toughest save came with five minutes left in the second period and the game tied 1-1. Rob DiMaio passed the puck to a streaking Joe Murphy, who was stopped when Dunham flicked the puck away at the last moment with his stick.

"I was sprawling and stuck the stick out behind me, and it found the puck," Dunham said.

The league fined Murphy $1,000 for fighting with St. Louis rookie right wing Tyson Nash last Saturday. Nash had crunched the Bruins' Ray Bourque and Murphy came off the pine and jumped Nash in support of the Boston captain.

Murphy was handed a five-minute major for fighting and a game misconduct, apparently for leaving the bench for an altercation. But Murphy contended he was in the middle of a line change and was already in the play and should not be subjected to a suspension.

Goalies post zeroes

CALGARY -- Zeros on the scoreboard meant points in the standings for Dallas and Calgary. Fred Brathwaite stopped the 32 Stars shots and Ed Belfour turned away all 31 the Flames fired at him as the teams skated to a scoreless draw.

"I don't know what it is about goalies, but sometimes they just get on a streak where the puck just hits them more than anything else," said Dallas' Brett Hull, who has 597 career goals, but none in nine games.

Hull took eight shots, but couldn't beat Brathwaite, who has yielded just three goals in his last four starts.

Around the rinks

Peter Skudra made 21 saves in his fourth career shutout as the Penguins blanked the Islanders, 4-0. . . . Roman Turek made 17 saves, Mike Eastwood netted his first career hat trick as the Blues blanked the Coyotes, 6-0. . . . Bill Guerin scored twice and Todd Marchant had a goal as the Oilers scored three times on the power play and beat the Capitals, 6-2.