by : Jay Recher
The Lightning got some good news to start the day as tenacious forward Ondrej Palat returned to the lineup after missing 26 games with an upper-body injury.
The end of the day was pretty cool too.
The Bolts battled back from being down 3-0 late in the second period to defeat the visiting Maple Leafs 4-3 on Tuesday night at Amalie Arena. Alex Killorn completed the comeback with a one-timer past Toronto goalie Fredrik Andersen 9:14 into the third.
Toronto opened the scoring late in the first when James van Riemsdyk found a loose puck in front of the net during a delayed penalty and beat a screened Andrei Vasilevskiy to give the Leafs the advantage. He roofed a backhand past the Lightning netminder just 89 seconds into the second period to double the lead.
Zach Hyman made the score 3-0 late in the second, but Victor Hedman scored just under a minute later to get the Bolts on the board and give the team some much-needed life heading to the third.
Ryan McDonagh scored his second goal as a member of the Lightning to cut the lead to one with a goal just 1:24 into the period and then Nikita Kucherov tied the score at three when a centering feed went off of Morgan Rielly's skate in front and past Andersen.
Vasilevskiy made 27 saves on 30 shots and Andersen stopped 21 of 25.
1. Toronto - Van Riemsdyk - (Marner, Carrick) - 15:06
1. Toronto - PPG - Van Riemsdyk (2) - (Bozak, Kadri) - 1:29
2. Toronto - Hyman - (Unassisted) - 15:41
3. Tampa Bay - Hedman - (Stamkos, Erne) - 16:40
1. Tampa Bay - McDonagh - (Gourde, Sergachev) - 1:24
2. Tampa Bay - Kucherov - (Unassisted) - 3:32
3. Tampa Bay - Killorn - (Cirelli, Gourde) - 9:14
1. Toronto - Leivo - (Roughing) - 16:04
2. Tampa Bay - Callahan - (Roughing) - 16:04
3. Tampa Bay - Kucherov - (Holding)
1. Toronto - Brown - (Hooking) - 4:57
2. Tampa Bay - Stamkos - (Elbowing) - 10:36
1. Tampa Bay - Cirelli - (Tripping) - 11:46
CALLY INJURED : After getting tangled up with Toronto's Josh Leivo late in the first period, Lightning RW Ryan Callahan went straight to the locker room. The team later announced that he had an upper-body injury and would not return.
What's Next For The Bolts : The Lightning are back in action Thursday night as they travel to Brooklyn to take on the Islanders. Puck drop is slated for 7pm with the pregame show kicking things off at 630pm on Newsradio 970WFLA.