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Bolts eliminated from playoffs as Maple Leafs rally past Pittsburgh

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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…

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Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos validates decision against Toronto

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Yeah, Steven Stamkos made the right choice, all right. Stamkos, who declined to move to his home town of Toronto in the off-season and instead signed a seven-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning, scored twice in his return home Tuesday night. The Lightning ran its record to 5-1 with a 7-3 win over the Maple Leafs. “I’m sure he’s feeling a little better about his contract situation than he was a year ago,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “He’s…

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