Lightning strike early and often in 8-3 shelling of Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – The Jets came into Tampa Bay hoping to salvage a victory to end their two-game losing skid on this third and final game of their road trip.   It didn’t go as planned as the Lightning showed them why they are one of the teams to beat with a convincing 8-3 victory.


In the first period, the Jets were given an early power play and a chance to get on the board, after a few shots they were unable to muster much, with big Dustin Byfuglien out of the lineup again with a lower body injury this power play showed it is lacking his presence.


Rookie Zac Redmond, making his NHL debut for the Jets, took a hooking penalty and the Lightning onslaught was about to begin as rookie Corey Conacher showed why he was the MVP and Rookie of The Year in the AHL last season with a beauty tip on a Matt Carle point shot to give him his 4th goal of this early season 1-0 Tampa Bay.


Jets forward Chris Thorburn was then given a 5-minute major for hitting from behind and a game misconduct and his night was done.


Just under a minute into the penalty Ron Hainsey tried to shoot a rolling puck off the glass and put it into the crowd and he was given two minutes for delay of game.  


The ensuing 5-on-3 power play for the Lightning was highlighted when Steve Stamkos connected on a back door feed from Teddy Purcell for a 2-0 Tampa Bay lead.


With time left on the major Mark Stuart took a cross checking penalty to give Tampa yet another two-man advantage and they made it count as Martin St-Louis made a beautiful pass cross ice to Captain Vinny Lecavalier who buried it behind Ondrej Pavelec who had no chance.


Three power play goals resulted from the penalties and the Lightning outshot the Jets 10-7 after one.


In the second period, Conacher showed his hand-eye coordination once again with his 5th goal on a deflection off another point shot making it 4-0 Lightning.


Lightning tough guy Nate Thmpson made it 5-0 on a bad angle shot and that was it for Ondrej Pavelec as his night was done. He was replaced by Al Montoya .


Teddy Purcell kept this Lightning storm going as he ripped a shot past Montoya’s glove after some nifty stick-handling by Stamkos.   The score after two periods was 6-0.


In the third period, playing for some sort of positive to bring home Toby Enstrom broke the goose egg to get the Jets on the scoreboard.


Minutes later on the power play Jets winger Bryan Little found rookie Paul Postma who wired home a shot in the slot for his first NHL goal.


Momentum was on the Winnipeg side until Ryan Malone finished off a great passing play between Corey Conacher and Vinny Lecavalier to make it 7-2.


The Jets added one more on the powerplay as captain Andrew Ladd snapped one past Anders Lindback.



Tampa sealed the deal when Benoit Pouliot made it 8-3.


This was a good night for Tampa as 13 players got on the scoresheet . With five of their next six games at home the Jets are gonna need  some strong home cooking to break this 3 game losing skid . 


The 3 stars were 1st- Corey Conacher 2nd- Steven Stamkos 3rd- Eric Brewer 


Winning Goaltender – Anders Lindback   Losing Goaltender – Ondrej Pavelec Follow us on Twitter @prohockeynews and  @hrank94

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