Since Tampa Bay’s hot start, the team has slid far down the standings. Right now, it’s about at the bottom.

A couple of more losses, and the Lighting will be at the bottom of the league standings.

Since winning six of the first seven games, Tampa Bay’s season has collapsed, and Saturday’s third-period meltdown might be the final trap door that leads to the ground floor.

Montreal scored three consecutive goals in the third period to rally for a 4-3 victory against the Lightning in front of an announced sellout crowd of 19,204 at the Forum.

Brian Gionta, Alexei Emelin and Brandon Gallagher scored to complete the comeback as Tampa Bay was outshot 13-2 in the third period, with the Lightning’s first shot of the period officially coming with 1:47 left in the game.

Cedrick Desjardins, making his third career NHL start, took the loss after stopping 25 shots.

Since that 6-1 start to the season, the Lightning are 4-14-1 in the past 19 games and have lost seven of the past eight. Tampa Bay is one point from last place overall in the league.