Lightning 8, Jets 3

Peter Pupello  - Lightning Beat Reporter | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning showed the Winnipeg Jets just why exactly they lead the National Hockey League in goals scored this season.

Scoring came all throughout the lineup, including a pair of goals from Cory Conacher, as the Bolts earned their fifth consecutive victory following an 8-3 win over their division-rivals Friday night.

Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier had power-play goals for Tampa Bay, while Teddy Purcell and Benoit Pouliot each recorded a goal and an assist.

The Lightning, which have scored five or more goals in each of their past four outings, now lead the NHL with a total of 37 goals on the season.

“We need those contributions from everyone to win hockey games all year long,” forward Adam Hall said. “Our big guys lead the way, but to see everyone score like they did tonight, it speaks to how well everyone is sticking to the system. All the lines can score goals, even the defensemen, and everyone is contributing.”

Anders Lindback won for the fourth straight time and for the fifth time in six starts on the year, making 26 saves.

Nate Thompson and Ryan Malone added Tampa Bay’s other goals on the night, while Eric Brewer recorded two assists.

Winnipeg, playing in the second half of a back-to-back set after also skating in a 6-3 loss at Florida on Thursday night, got goals from Tobias Enstrom, Paul Postma and Andrew Ladd.

The Jets have now dropped three straight after earning wins in each of its three games prior.

“Obviously it wasn’t by design,” Jets head coach Claude Noel said. “We got off on the wrong foot.”

Ondrej Pavelec, playing in his second game in as many nights, allowed five goals on 14 shots and was pulled in relief of Montoya after Thompson made it 5-0 at 4:43 of the second period.

Montoya, however, didn’t fare much better, as the first shot he saw was Purcell’s that beat the Winnipeg netminder to put the Bolts up 6-0.

He turned aside eight of 11 shots faced on the night.

After approximately 46 minutes following the opening puck drop, Enstrom finally got the Jets on the board at 5:34 of the final frame.

Postma cut the deficit to four just 61 seconds later, and Ladd’s goal while on the power play made it 7-3 after Malone notched his fourth of the season at 8:46.

The three third-period goals, which sparked somewhat of a rally, didn’t prove to be enough.

Costly infractions took too much of a toll on the Jets from the onset, as Winnipeg racked up a total of 25 penalty minutes, including 23 in the first period alone.

Tampa Bay, though, used Winnipeg’s poor start to its full advantage, as each of its first three goals in the game came while on the power play, and all within a span of 16:55.

Conacher put the game’s first goal on the board while with the man advantage, deflecting Matt Carle’s shot from inside the blue line past Pavelec at 7:57 for an early 1-0 lead.

Stamkos doubled the lead, again with the man advantage, when he took a feed from Purcell and fired one home from the left circle.

A third power-play goal put Tampa Bay up 3-0 at the 16:55 mark of the opening frame. With Mark Stuart in the penalty box, Martin St. Louis sent a feed to Lecavalier, who one-timed a slap shot from the right circle into an open cage as Pavelec attempted to get back across the crease.

Conacher’s second of the night came just 26 seconds into the second frame and put Tampa Bay up 4-0.

Conacher, the NHL’s leading rookie in points, now has three goals and five points in his past two games.

“Another good game and a fast start for the team,” Conacher said. “It was a shame we gave up those three goals late, but it was one of those games when our power play was insane again tonight and our weapons came out to play.”

Pouliot’s goal with 1:25 left capped the scoring, leading the Lightning to remain perfect on home ice this season at 5-0-0.

The victory regained the top spot in the Eastern Conference for the Lightning, which now have 12 points and look to sweep their season-high five-game home stand on Saturday in the finale against the New York Rangers.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
07:57TBL PPG - Cory Conacher (4) ASST: Matt Carle (3), Benoit Pouliot (3) 1 - 0 TBL
14:11TBL PPG - Steven Stamkos (5) ASST: Teddy Purcell (7), Anders Lindback (1) 2 - 0 TBL
16:55TBL PPG - Vincent Lecavalier (4) ASST: Martin St. Louis (10), Steven Stamkos (8) 3 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
00:26TBL Cory Conacher (5) ASST: Eric Brewer (1), Vincent Lecavalier (6) 4 - 0 TBL
04:43TBL Nate Thompson (1) ASST: B.J. Crombeen (2), Eric Brewer (2) 5 - 0 TBL
05:43TBL Teddy Purcell (2) ASST: Steven Stamkos (9) 6 - 0 TBL
3rd Period
05:34WPG Toby Enstrom (2) ASST: Paul Postma (3), Andrew Ladd (5) 6 - 1 TBL
06:35WPG PPG - Paul Postma (1) ASST: Bryan Little (3), Toby Enstrom (8) 6 - 2 TBL
08:46TBL Ryan Malone (4) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (7), Cory Conacher (7) 7 - 2 TBL
09:49WPG PPG - Andrew Ladd (3) ASST: Paul Postma (4), Toby Enstrom (9) 7 - 3 TBL
18:35TBL Benoit Pouliot (2) ASST: Tom Pyatt (2), Victor Hedman (3) 8 - 3 TBL
Three Stars of the Game
Cory Conacher
Cory Conacher
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 13:53
Steven Stamkos
Steven Stamkos
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 2
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:07
Eric Brewer
Eric Brewer
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 16:51
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:42TBL Adam Hall  Interference against  Evander Kane
05:59WPG Zach Redmond  Holding against  Vincent Lecavalier
12:11WPG Chris Thorburn  Checking from behind (maj) against  Sami Salo
12:11WPG Chris Thorburn  Game misconduct against  Sami Salo
12:47WPG Ron Hainsey  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
16:04WPG Mark Stuart  Cross checking against  Ryan Malone
18:25WPG Evander Kane  Unsportsmanlike conduct
2nd Period
06:25TBL Nate Thompson  Roughing against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
06:25WPG Alexei Ponikarovsky  Slashing against  Nate Thompson
10:44TBL Tom Pyatt  Hooking against  Evander Kane
3rd Period
06:27TBL Dana Tyrell  Too many men/ice - bench
09:32TBL Keith Aulie  Holding against  Jim Slater
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/43/5
Faceoff Wins3241
Blocked Shots915
Penalty Minutes2510
4P. PostmaD1203021:35
5M. StuartD00-12217:59
6R. HainseyD00-31222:30
8A. BurmistrovC00-12017:20
9E. KaneL00-20214:05
12O. JokinenC00-22014:57
16A. LaddL1103017:45
17J. WrightC00-12011:13
18B. LittleC0101017:51
19J. SlaterC00-12011:35
22C. ThorburnR0000151:52
23A. PonikarovskyL00-22213:06
24G. ClitsomeD00-12012:49
25Z. RedmondD0001220:11
26B. WheelerR00-33016:00
39T. EnstromD12-31024:37
55M. ScheifeleC0001016:47
80N. AntropovC0001014:35
31O. Pavelec914.64324:43
35A. Montoya811.72735:17
2E. BrewerD0230016:51
3K. AulieD0000218:03
4V. LecavalierC1214015:52
6S. SaloD0011017:56
11T. PyattC0122214:11
12R. MaloneL1001013:17
15B. LeeD00-10018:17
16T. PurcellL1113017:22
18A. HallR0000211:56
19B. CrombeenR0110014:04
25M. CarleD0132020:11
26M. St. LouisR0101020:03
42D. TyrellC0000011:48
44N. ThompsonC1013216:34
67B. PouliotL1122014:02
77V. HedmanD0121020:13
89C. ConacherC2132013:53
91S. StamkosC1213019:07
39A. Lindback2629.89759:55