TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos scored his 20th goal to break a third-period tie, and the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied from an early two-goal deficit to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on Monday night.
Stamkos gave the Lightning a 3-2 lead with his knee-high deflection of Matt Carle’s shot with 8:55 to play. Tampa Bay also got goals from Ryan Callahan and Valtteri Filppula.
Mike Santorelli and Joffrey Lupul scored for the Maple Leafs, who gave up four third-period goals in a 6-4 loss Sunday at Florida. James Reimer started on consecutive days with Jonathan Bernier sidelined by flu-like symptoms and made 38 saves.
Toronto has lost five of six.
Santorelli put the Maple Leafs up 1-0 at 4:28 of the first when he lifted a shot from below the right circle over Ben Bishop, who stopped 21 shots.
Lupul made it 2-0 on Toronto’s second shot, which came from the low slot off a pass by Tyler Bozak 7:47 into the first.
Callahan stopped a 13-game goal drought with a power-play goal he swatted into the net to cut Tampa Bay’s deficit to 2-1 at 6:37 of the second. Filppula tied it 3:09 later.
Tampa Bay outshot the Maple Leafs 32-14 through two periods.
Reimer stopped all 15 shots he faced in the first, and made a nifty glove save on Jonathan Drouin’s shot from the left circle early in the second.
The Maple Leafs managed only four first-period shots, all in the first 9:34.
Lupul got Toronto’s fifth shot 9 minutes into the second, a period in which Jake Gardiner hit the crossbar twice in the first 10 minutes and Bishop made a pad save on James van Riemsdyk’s short-handed rebound backhander.
NOTES: Lupul has eight goals and 24 points in 20 games against the Lightning. … Toronto RW Richard Panik sat out one day after getting hit in the head against Florida. … Drouin played after sitting out one game due to flu-like symptoms. … Lightning D Jason Garrison missed his third straight game with an undisclosed injury.
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