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This time, Lightning loses in overtime after a comeback

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One step up, one step back.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, one night after one of their most impressive overtime victories over Montreal, had a second straight comeback blunted in an overtime loss to Toronto. This time, they fell to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2.

The Bolts came from a 2-0 deficit to tie Thursday night’s game, but lost when Valterri Filppula was called for goaltender interference, setting up the team’s winning power play. Nazem Kadri scored from in-close for the winner.

“I have zero idea what Fil could have done,” Bolts’ coach Jon Cooper said. “The only reason he went into the goalie was he was hooked and pushed.”

The Maple Leafs got the first-ever NHL win from Antoine Bibeau, who stopped 25 shots.

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 32 shots for Tampa Bay in the loss.

After Toronto took an early 2-0 lead, the Bolts got back into the game on goals from Brian Boyle and Ondrej Palat. However, they stopped scoring afterward.

“We stopped doing what got us back into the game,” Cooper said.

Tampa Bay plays Carolina Saturday night.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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