After Dustin Brown scored a power play goal with eight minutes to play in regulation to give Los Angeles the lead, it appeared Tampa Bay was headed towards a second-straight defeat.
The Bolts would rally back, however, tying the game with 1:15 to play to force overtime and eventually prevailing in the shootout for a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Kings on Tuesday.
Los Angeles jumped out to an early lead with a pair of goals in the opening seven minutes.
Jeff Carter started the scoring at 4:18, tapping the puck over the line after Derek Forbort's shot trickled through the crease. Just over two minutes later, Kyle Clifford doubled the lead, beating Andrei Vasilevskiy with a shot from the left circle as Dustin Brown provided the screen in front.
Video: LAK@TBL: Stamkos pushes in goal with backhand
Tampa Bay responded with their own two goals midway through the period to tie the game.
Alex Killorn made it 2-1 with his team-leading 19th goal of the season. Alexander Volkov made the play, drawing the Kings defensemen to the center of the ice and then feeding Killorn at the left circle for the shot. 79 seconds later, Steven Stamkos scored to tie the game. Stamkos trailed a two-on-one rush and tapped home a rebound after Jonathan Quick made a save on the initial shot.
After neither team could break through in the second, Brown scored a power play goal on a deflection 12 minutes into the third period to give the Kings the lead.
The Bolts nearly tied the game two minutes later on a deflection of their own but the referees ruled that Cedric Paquette made contact with the puck with a high stick.
Tampa Bay got its equalizer with 1:15 remaining in regulation. Anthony Cirelli won a faceoff directly to Nikita Kucherov who fired a one-timer from the point that beat Quick.
Video: LAK@TBL: Stamkos, Vasilevskiy lead charge in SO win
After a wild back-and-forth overtime that was played entirely four-on-four because of a penalty that carried over from regulation and no whistles, the teams headed to a shootout. Brayden Point and Nikolai Prokhorkin traded goals in the second round and then Stamkos scored while Vasilevskiy stopped Brown in the fourth to secure the extra point for Tampa Bay.
The win serves as a nice bounce back after the Lightning had their 10-game winning streak snapped with a loss to the Devils on Sunday. It also provides a boost to win at home as Tuesday will be the last time the Bolts play at Amalie Arena until February 4.
Cirelli was the only Lightning player to register multiple points, picking up a pair of assists. Volkov earned his first NHL point with the primary assist on Killorn's goal in the first period.
The Lightning will now travel to Minnesota to open a back-to-back set against the Wild on Thursday night.
LAK | 4:18 Jeff Carter (13) - Kyle Clifford, Derek Forbort
LAK | 6:52 Kyle Clifford (6) - Jeff Carter
TBL | 10:06 Alex Killorn (19) - Alexander Volkov, Kevin Shattenkirk
TBL | 11:25 Steven Stamkos (18) - Anthony Cirelli, Tyler Johnson
LAK | 12:00 Dustin Brown (9) - Nikolai Prokhorkin, Sean Walker - PPG
TBL | 18:45 Nikita Kucherov (18) - Anthony Cirelli