The ride has ended. The Tampa Bay Lightning are going home.
The Lightning was eliminated from the NHL playoffs Saturday night as the Toronto Maple Leafs came from behind to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-3, in Toronto. For the Lightning to make the post-season, it needed Toronto to lose to both Pittsburgh Saturday and Columbus on Sunday, while the Bolts would have had to beat Buffalo.
Instead, the game will be played with no more meaning but to say farewell to their fans.
Pittsburgh led 3-2 in the third period, but Toronto came back. Connor Brown scored the go-ahead for Toronto with his 20th goal with 2:48 to play. Auston Matthews scored his 40th goal with an empty netter.