Tampa Bay Lightning Erase Two-goal Deficit to Beat Toronto Maple Leafs


Dec 29, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (51) is congratulated by defenseman Victor Hedman (77) after he scored a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Lightning scored three straight goals to erase a 2-0 deficit as they beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 at Amalie Arena Monday evening.

Steven Stamkos scored the game-winner, and his 20th goal of the season, at 11:06 of the third period as he re-directed Matt Carle’s shot past Leafs goaltender James Reimer.

The Bolts had scored twice in second period to tie the game — Ryan Callahan scored the 150th goal of his career as he swatted a puck out of the air past Reimer at 6:37 on the power play before Valtteri Filppula, who was in front of the net, diverted Victor Hedman’s shot in at 9:46.

Hedman, Stamkos and Callahan all had two point nights.

The Leafs had taken a 2-0 lead in the first period through goals by Mike Santorelli and Joffrey Lupul. After taking the early lead, Toronto then didn’t register a shot on goal for 19:29 from 9:44 of the first period to 9:03 of the second.

Reimer made 38 saves while Ben Bishop stopped 21 shots. The Leafs failed to capitalize on their two power play opportunities while the Lightning converted once on four attempts.

J.T. Brown and Jason Garrison were scratched for Tampa Bay, who play their final game of 2014 on Dec. 31 against Buffalo as they begin a four-game road trip.