The Lightning no longer has a margin for error to keep their hopes for a Stanley Cup three-peat alive.
They collapsed in the third period Tuesday in Toronto, surrendering three goals in a 4-3 loss to the Maple Leafs. The Bolts had led 2-0 after the first 6:11 of the game.
Toronto leads the first-round playoff series 3-2, with Game 6 scheduled for Thursday in Tampa.
“We’re here to win the series,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “We lost a game tonight; we let this one slip away; that’s on us. But we haven’t let the series slip away.”
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