Winnipeg, MB (Sports Network) - Andrew Ladd scored and added a pair of assists
as the Winnipeg Jets held off the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3, at MTS Centre.
Dustin Byfuglien has a goal and an assist, while Tanner Glass and Evander Kane
also scored for the Jets, who have won four of their last five games.
Ondrej Pavelec made 22 saves in the win, which moved the Jets one point ahead
of the Florida Panthers for first place in the Southeast Division with 67
points. Florida lost in a shootout to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.
"I'm happy to say that were first in the division," Jets head coach Claude
Noel said. "We've got games in hand, but they've got games in hand. I'm happy
were there. I'm happy we're third in the conference. Don't know how long
it'll happen. I thought we played a pretty good game."
Steven Stamkos and Teddy Purcell had a goal and an assist, while Martin St.
Louis also scored for the Lightning, who had their three-game winning streak
snapped. Mathieu Garon was torched for all four goals on 18 shots and Dwayne
Roloson stopped all 16 shots he faced in relief.
After being completely outplayed for the first two periods, Tampa Bay woke up
in the third and made it a game.
Trailing, 4-0, heading into the final stanza, the Lightning finally got on the
board with nine minutes remaining in the game. Skating on the man advantage,
Ryan Malone took a pass down low from Purcell and fed Stamkos, who rammed it
home from in close for his league-leading 43rd goal of the season.
Tampa Bay scored twice in the final minute to make it 4-3 after Purcell found
the back of the net with 53 seconds left off a rebound from Stamkos, and St.
Louis scored with just eight seconds left with a quick wrister from the slot.
The Jets, however, held on for the victory.
The Jets struck first 7:11 into the opening period after Bryan Little
collected a loose puck behind the net, brought it around, and sent a pass to
Ladd, who ripped a one-timer past Garon from the slot.
Winnipeg made it 2-0 with 5:01 to play in the first period after Mark Flood
sent a centering pass to the slot for Glass, who tipped it home surrounded by
a mad scramble in front.
The Jets added a pair of power-play goals in the second stanza to increase
their lead to 4-0.
Kane scored just 1:36 into the period after he got a pass in the right circle
from Byfuglien, turned toward the slot, and ripped a wrister that beat Garon
Byfuglien capped the scoring for the Jets at 2:48 of the second stanza after
he collected the disc at the right point and fired a slap shot into the net.
"I guess we are allergic to this place," Lightning head coach Guy Boucher
said. "We have had our worst two games of the year here. We didn't start very
well and they started strong. We had two great scoring chances right off the
bat, one an empty net. Then it came back our way, and for the first and second
we weren't very good. I think we looked tight in the first and the second
Despite the loss, Tampa Bay is 12-3-1 against the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise
over the last three seasons...Stamkos has 18 goals and 31 points in his
career against the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise, his highest totals against any
NHL team...Winnipeg finished 2-for-3 with the man advantage, while the
Lightning went 2-for-5 on the power play...Tampa Bay will play the Pittsburgh
Penguins on Friday, while the Jets will host the St. Louis Blues on Friday.
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