TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs put together the perfect response to a big rally by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
They got right back to work.
William Nylander had two goals and an assist and James van Riemsdyk scored a tiebreaking goal in the third period, sending streaking Toronto to a 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay on Monday night.
“We’ve found a rhythm and this is what we want to stick to,” Nylander said.
The Maple Leafs jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but the Lightning tied the game on goals by Nikita Kucherov and Yanni Gourde 20 seconds apart in the third. Van Riemsdyk then put Toronto in front again when his shot just squeezed past Andrei Vasilevskiy’s pad at 4:37.
“Everybody kind of just took a deep breath and went back to playing how we did in the first two periods,” said Auston Matthews, who picked up three assists. “(We) took…