The playoff race for the Lightning ended long ago, but the scoring race is heating up.

Marty St. Louis notched his seventh career hat trick to gain the league scoring lead in Tampa Bay’s 5-2 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday in front of an announced crowd of 18,826 at The Forum.

With three points, St. Louis moved past Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby into the league scoring lead with 58 points, two ahead of Crosby, who has been out since March 30 with a broken jaw.

Steven Stamkos notched his 29th of the season and is two points behind his teammate for the scoring lead, and he pulled within two goals of Washington’s Alex Ovechkin for the Rocket Richard Trophy.

St. Louis, 37, would become the oldest player to win a scoring title and it would come nine years since winning his first Art Ross Trophy in 2004. Stamkos is in the running for his first scoring title while looking for his third Rocket Richard Trophy.

The first period proved a statistically familiar story for the Lightning, who had the upper hand in shots on goal and won 12 of 15 faceoffs while maintaining good puck possession. While Tampa Bay caught a couple of breaks as Toronto put two scoring opportunities off the post in the opening half of the game, the Leafs caught a break to get on the board first.

After Matt Carle had his clearing attempt up the boards intercepted by Tyler Bozak, the Toronto center found Phil Kessel at the left circle, where his pass to the far post deflected off the stick of Eric Brewer and tucked inside the far post just past Ben Bishop with 2:57 remaining in the first period.

It marked the seventh consecutive game in which Tampa Bay allowed the first goal of the game.